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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
9 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. This course meets 4 times per quarter. (15 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • master the making of seasonal arrangements such as seasonal centerpieces, fresh and dried wreath making, and evergreen swags.
  • create seasonal and holiday decorations.
Description -
Floral design geared to the preparation of seasonal and holiday floral arrangements using commercially grown fresh and dried materials and other ornamentation. Concentrates on seasonal-specific floral designs and emphasizes the techniques and mechanics used in retail florist shop design.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. master the making of seasonal arrangements such as seasonal centerpieces, fresh and dried wreath making, and evergreen swags.
  2. create seasonal and holiday decorations.
  3. master the proper use of floral accessories in design.
  4. demonstrate an understanding of how flowers are used in seasonal and holiday settings n different cultures.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory with floral refrigerator, large tables, and sinks. Students provide flowers, foliage, containers, and all other supplies for floral displays as needed.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Methods for preserving plant materials used in seasonal designs
  2. Steps in construction of designs
  3. Special care of evergreen materials
  4. Themes as used in holiday decor
  5. Trends and traditions for holiday floral designs
  6. Bow making and ribbon use
  7. Decoration of potted plants
  8. Seasonal and holiday floral displays in other cultures
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Evaluation of each design produced in the class.
  2. Project notebook - maintenance of a notebook which includes a sketch or photo of designs produced in class along with details of their construction.
Representative Text(s) -
DeJong-Stout, Alisa. A Master Guide to the Art of Floral Design. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2006.

Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Demonstrations
  4. Discussions
Lab Content -
  1. Floral design theory lab: In this lab, students will work with the instructor to examine and disassemble several floral arrangements in order to understand the theory behind their design.
  2. Bow making lab: This lab is dedicated solely to the design and assembly of bows for floral arrangements.
  3. Container plant lab: Students will examine and apply the use of containers in floral designs.
  4. Seasonally appropriate floral design labs: Lab(s) dedicated to the assembly of floral arrangements for seasonal applications and holidays.
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 text (2 hrs.).
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of the instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.