|Student Learning Outcomes -|
- Describe characteristics associated with drought tolerant plants.
- Discuss methods of auditing water use in gardens.
|Description - |
|Applies principles of water conservation to landscape design and construction projects. Landscape designs which incorporate water-conserving principles strive to limit the need for water and strike a balance between softscape and hardscape elements.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- exhibit an understanding of water conservation concepts and terminology as they apply to landscapes.
- describe characteristics associated with drought tolerant plants.
- demonstrate the ability to evaluate gardens which utilize principles of water conservation.
- demonstrate an understanding of the process used in the design, construction, and/or irrigation of drought tolerant landscapes.
- discuss methods of auditing water use in gardens.
- learn from wise-water use in other cultures.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Design laboratory, construction field lab, and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide work boots, leather gloves, and clothing for field work. |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Principles of water conservation in landscaping
- water conserving trends in the landscape design industry.
- planning for drought conditions in the landscape
- Landscape design
- hardscape design issues and criteria
- softscape design issues and criteria
- learning from other cultures
- Plant material selection
- native / indigenous plants
- drought tolerant plants (flora from Mediterranean climates)
- appropriate use of non-water conserving plants
- Irrigation systems
- drip irrigation
- spray irrigation
- water auditing
- Landscape construction issues and criteria
- Guest speakers (as appropriate to topic)
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Project (irrigation, planting, or landscape construction project or study relating to the principles of water conservation).
- Documented active participation which furthers student knowledge of creating water-conserving landscapes.
|Representative Text(s) - |
|East Bay Municipal Utility District - Water Conservation Staff . Plants and Landscapes for Summer Dry Climates of the San Francisco Bay Region . Oakland, CA: E.B.M.U.D., 2004. |
|Disciplines - |
|Environmental Horticulture & Design |
|Method of Instruction - |
|Lab Content - |
- Principles of water conservation design lab: Students will apply water conservation principles learned in the class to an actual or fictitious design project.
- Site evaluation lab: Field observation and evaluation of built landscape projects for water conserving features.
- Drought tolerant plant material lab: Selection and use of drought tolerant plants in water conserving projects. Lab may include visits to local nurseries and/or installed projects.
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Reading assignments will include reading approximately 20 pages per week from the assigned text (2 hrs.).
- Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of the instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.