Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
9 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. This course meets 2 times per quarter.1 Unit

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 15 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: .75 Lab Hours: .5 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Certificate of Achievement,   AS Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 1/27/11

1. 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.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. 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.
3. 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.

4. 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)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Container planting project (design or practical skills).
  2. Documented active participation which furthers container planting knowledge and skill development.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Editors Fine Gardening. Container Gardening. New York, NY: Taunton Press, 2009.

8. Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Demonstrations
  4. Discussions
10. Lab Content -
  1. Container Gardening Labs: During each class, students will complete a variety of container gardening labs using different containers, plants, and planting styles.
  2. Container Selection Lab: Students will explore the good and bad points of using different forms of containers for interior or exterior settings. They will look at the materials used in the construction of these containers and apply what they learn to the creation of container plantings.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. 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.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AS degree in Environmental Horticulture & Design.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-10 15:36:40

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines