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Effective: Fall 2011

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
12 hours lecture total per quarter. (12 hours total per quarter)

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:
  1. apply developed skills to container gardening by selecting suitable plants.
  2. demonstrate the ability to plant and care for container plantings.
  3. demonstrate knowledge of various uses and types of container plantings.
  4. compare and contrast the wide variety of containers available for use in plantings.
  5. select the proper planting medium and soil amendment for a given type of container plant.
  6. 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) -
  1. Design theory using container plantings
  2. Appropriate plantings for containers
  3. Types of containers
    1. Pots & containers (materials, finishes)
    2. Alternative forms of containers
    3. Cost benefits
  4. Preparation of container surfaces for planting
  5. Planting techniques, soil mixes, amendments, fertilizers
  6. Irrigation of container plantings
    1. hand watering techniques
    2. automatic and self-watering techniques
  7. Maintenance of plantings
  8. Use of containers and container plantings around the world
  9. Guest speakers (as appropriate to topics)
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Container planting project (design or practical skills).
  2. 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 -
  1. Lecture
  2. Demonstrations
  3. Discussions
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 20 pages per week from the assigned texts. Out of class reading is approximately 2 hours per week.
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of the instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.