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Effective: Fall 2012

Advisory: Advisory: HORT 40 & 60B or equivalent; HORT 21, 22 & 26 strongly recommended.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter)

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Description -
The use of ornamental and native plant materials to express basic design principles in the landscape. Planting design theory as it applies to the aesthetic, cultural, ecological, and functional use of plant materials in the landscape. Graphics used for presenting planting designs. Special focus on the use of plants in garden designs.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. exhibit an understanding of the principles and theories of planting design.
  2. demonstrate knowledge of planting design as it relates to the aesthetic, cultural, ecological, and functional use of plants in the landscape.
  3. demonstrate proficiency in creating planting plans for residential landscape projects.
  4. illustrate how planting design fits into the total design process.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Design laboratory with multi-media projection system. Students provide drafting supplies and equipment as necessary to complete projects. Needs vary by student. Typical materials include vellum, tracing paper, drafting pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, erasing shield, drafting tape, T-square, parallel glider, architect's and engineer's scales, triangles (30/60 and 45), circle template, drafting brush, and drafting surface.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. The principles and theories of planting design as they relate to the aesthetic, cultural, ecological, and functional use of plants in the landscape
    1. Plant features (texture, form, size, symmetry, drought tolerance, etc.)
    2. Functional use of plants (visual control, screening, erosion control, etc.)
    3. Plant selection for different design schemes
  2. Planting design elements and factors
    1. Soils & fertilizers
    2. Climate
    3. Sun / shade applications
    4. Planting techniques
    5. Urban environments
      1. Planting for culturally dynamic urban zones
      2. Street tree planting
      3. Urban forestry
  3. Planting designs through history
  4. Environmental considerations
    1. Plant ecosystems
    2. Use of native and drought tolerant species
    3. Establishing hydrozones
    4. The changing face of landscapes
  5. Planting design and its place in the landscape design process
    1. Planting design graphics.
    2. Contract documents
    3. Garden design vs. landscape design vs. landscape architecture
  6. Plant maintenance program development
Methods of Evaluation -
Methods of evaluation used for this course will include:
  1. Participation through attendance
  2. Weekly exercises and projects
  3. Final project
Representative Text(s) -
Scarfone, Steven, Professional Planting Design, Hoboken NJ, John Wiley & Sons, 2007.
Walker, Theodore D., Planting Design, New York, NY, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1991. (optional)

Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
Method of Instruction -
Instructional methods to be used in this class will include:
  1. Lectures.
  2. Engage in lab activities.
  3. Read assigned reading activities.
  4. Perform self-guided research
  5. Guest speakers.
Lab Content -
Lab content will include:
  1. Evaluate and select plant material.
    1. Choose plants based on cultural requirements
    2. Select plants based on esthetic requirements
    3. Select plant based on architectural uses
  2. Conceptual layout of plant material.
    1. Prepare site analysis
    2. Prepare "bubble diagrams"
    3. Evaluate and select concepts
    4. Integrate components from varying concepts
    5. Prepare overall conceptual diagram
    6. Identify plant categories
  3. Selection of plant material for designs.
    1. Choose plants based on cultural, esthetic and architectural characteristics
    2. Specific arrangement of plants to perform functions
  4. Preparation of planting plan.
    1. Draw plant symbols on plan
    2. Add plant tags
    3. Prepare plant schedule
    4. Complete plan with notes and title block information
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 10-20 pages per week from assigned and supplemental text.
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.
  3. Guest speakers will provide additional perspectives on planting design.
  4. Writing assignments include:
    1. performing class drawing assignments
    2. prepare maintenance schedule for recommended plantings