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Effective: Summer 2014

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 -
  • Student will be able to install a water feature in the landscape.
  • As part of a lab, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the main components required to design a garden water feature.
Description -
Introduction to the aesthetics of garden water features and the techniques used in their design, construction, and maintenance. Use of fish, plants, and other natural systems in garden ponds and pools.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. discuss the general types and uses of garden ponds and pools.
  2. compare and contrast different water feature systems and their design.
  3. describe and/or demonstrate mastery of the methods of pool and pond construction.
  4. prepare a list of plants suitable for use in garden water features.
  5. describe the short and long-term maintenance requirements for garden water features.
  6. discuss the cultural use of ponds and pools.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Design laboratory and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves, rubber gloves and clothing for field work.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Garden ponds and pools
    1. Biotic vs. abiotic systems
    2. Pros and cons of water features in the landscape
    3. Cultural use of pools and ponds around the world
  2. Design
    1. Aesthetic and/or functional purpose
    2. Location
    3. Water circulation
    4. Aeration and filtration
  3. Construction
    1. Layout and grading
    2. Plumbing and electrical
    3. Liners
    4. Reinforcing and protective veneers
    5. Start-up and operation
  4. Planting techniques and plant selection in ponds and pools
  5. Maintenance issues
    1. Water quality
    2. Fish health
    3. Plant health
    4. System cleaning
  6. Cultural uses for ponds and other garden water features
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Practical skills tests will include pond and/or water feature construction.
  2. Examination on basics of pond and water feature maintenance.
Representative Text(s) -
Editors of Sunset Garden Pools, Fountains & Waterfalls: Design Ideas and Installation Techniques for Natural Looking Water Features - 4 Ed. Menlo Park, CA: Sunset Pub., 2007.

Disciplines -
Ornamental Horticulture
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations on garden feature design and construction.
  2. In-Class discussions on garden water features.
  3. Discussions on maintenance procedures and practices
  4. Examination of the impacts water features have on different cultures.

Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Typical reading assignment will include weekly reviews of concepts pertaining to the theory and practice of water feature design and installation. This involves approximately 20 pages of reading per week.