Print Version

Effective: Fall 2011

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
9 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. This course meets 4 times per quarter. (15 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Identify edible ornamental plants for the landscape.
  • Demonstrate the use of edible plants in built landscapes.
Description -
The use of edible plants in residential landscapes. Practice and feasibility of integrating edible plants into landscape designs. Identification of ornamental plant materials which produce edible fruit, foliage, flowers or other edible parts.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. identify edible, ornamental plants used in residential landscapes.
  2. list common applications for edible plants in the design of landscapes.
  3. demonstrate, through landscape designs or practical applications, the use of edible plants in built landscapes.
  4. discuss in small groups scenarios for using edible plants together or with other non-edible ornamental plantings.
  5. recognize the variety of ways edible plants are utilized by different cultures around the world.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Design laboratory with multimedia projection system, horticultural facilities, and arboretum. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves, and clothing for field work.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to edible plants
    1. Edible plant identification
    2. Fruits, foliage, flowers and other edible parts
    3. Growth habits
    4. Environmental requirements and cultivation
    5. Pros and cons of using edible plants
    6. Applications using edible plants
    7. Use of edible plants by different cultures
  2. Landscape design
    1. Aesthetic and/or functional purpose
    2. Planting designs using edible plants
    3. Mixing edible and non-edible plants
    4. Sourcing edible plants
  3. Edibles in the built landscape
    1. Plant selection (type and quality)
    2. Planting techniques
    3. Maintenance
    4. Harvesting
  4. Guest speakers (as appropriate)
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Field test on edible plants (identification, growth habits, etc.), and/or edible landscape project.
  2. Documented active participation which furthers student knowledge of edible plants and their uses
Representative Text(s) -
Creasy, Rosalind. Edible Landscaping. 2nd Ed., Sierra Club/Counterpoint, 2010.

Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Demonstrations
  4. Discussions
Lab Content -
  1. Designing with edibles lab: In-class design lab focused on the selection and use of edible plants in typical landscape designs.
  2. Plant material selection lab: Lab may include visits to plant nurseries or local projects which utilize edible plants with a focus on how to select and specify edible plants for landscape projects.
  3. Landscaping with edibles field lab: Site visit(s) to edible landscape construction projects under construction or have been completed. Students may participate in the installation of the landscape.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 50 pages per week from the assigned text (2 hours).
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of the instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.