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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 -
  • 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:
  1. exhibit an understanding of water conservation concepts and terminology as they apply to landscapes.
  2. describe characteristics associated with drought tolerant plants.
  3. demonstrate the ability to evaluate gardens which utilize principles of water conservation.
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the process used in the design, construction, and/or irrigation of drought tolerant landscapes.
  5. discuss methods of auditing water use in gardens.
  6. 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) -
  1. Principles of water conservation in landscaping
    1. water conserving trends in the landscape design industry.
    2. planning for drought conditions in the landscape
  2. Landscape design
    1. hardscape design issues and criteria
    2. softscape design issues and criteria
    3. learning from other cultures
  3. Plant material selection
    1. native / indigenous plants
    2. drought tolerant plants (flora from Mediterranean climates)
    3. appropriate use of non-water conserving plants
  4. Irrigation systems
    1. drip irrigation
    2. spray irrigation
    3. water auditing
  5. Landscape construction issues and criteria
  6. Guest speakers (as appropriate to topic)
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Project (irrigation, planting, or landscape construction project or study relating to the principles of water conservation).
  2. 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 -
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Demonstrations
  4. Discussions
Lab Content -
  1. Principles of water conservation design lab: Students will apply water conservation principles learned in the class to an actual or fictitious design project.
  2. Site evaluation lab: Field observation and evaluation of built landscape projects for water conserving features.
  3. 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 -
  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.