|Student Learning Outcomes -|
- Identify plantings appropriate for container plantings.
- Compare and contrast container plant features and cultural needs.
|Description - |
|Utilization of container plantings in both interior environments and exterior landscapes. Design theory, selection of containers, plant selection, and planting methods. Soil preparation and irrigation techniques.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- apply developed skills to container gardening by selecting suitable plants.
- demonstrate the ability to plant and care for container plantings.
- demonstrate knowledge of various uses and types of container plantings.
- compare and contrast the wide variety of containers available for use in plantings.
- select the proper planting medium and soil amendment for a given type of container plant.
- recognize the variety of ways containers and container plants are utilized by different cultures around the world.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Horticultural laboratory, greenhouse, and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide containers for planting, pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves and clothing for field work. |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Design theory using container plantings
- Appropriate plantings for containers
- Types of containers
- Pots & containers (materials, finishes)
- Alternative forms of containers
- Cost benefits
- Preparation of container surfaces for planting
- Planting techniques, soil mixes, amendments, fertilizers
- Irrigation of container plantings
- hand watering techniques
- automatic and self-watering techniques
- Maintenance of plantings
- Use of containers and container plantings around the world
- Guest speakers (as appropriate to topics)
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Container planting project (design or practical skills).
- Documented active participation which furthers container planting knowledge and skill development.
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Editors Fine Gardening. Container Gardening. New York, NY: Taunton Press, 2009. |
|Disciplines - |
|Environmental Horticulture & Design |
|Method of Instruction - |
|Lab Content - |
|Not applicable. |
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Reading assignments will include reading approximately 20 pages per week from the assigned texts. Out of class reading is approximately 2 hours per week.
- Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of the instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.