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Effective: Summer 2017

Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
12 hours lecture total per quarter. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Identify ornamental grasses presented by botanical and common names.
  • Compare and contrast ornamental grass features and cultural need.
Description -
Identification, taxonomy, habits of growth, cultural and environmental requirements of ornamental grasses grown in California. Emphasis on the use and maintenance of these monocots. Plants are observed via media and physical observation.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. understand botanical and horticultural terms.
  2. identify decorative grasses characteristics.
  3. identify decorative grasses in the field during field trips.
  4. compare and contrast decorative grasses features and cultural needs in different landscape situations.
  5. demonstrate, by examination and/or project, knowledge of the use of decorative grasses presented in class in landscape and horticultural applications.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural classroom with multi-media projection system; related horticultural facilities.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Review of botanical and horticultural terms, including identification of the following characteristics:
    1. Stem
    2. Sheath
    3. Flower head
    4. Form
    5. Growth habit
  2. Detailed description of decorative grass characteristics
    1. Sod forming grasses
    2. Clumping grasses
  3. Field trips to see mature plant materials in landscape settings and to gather plant samples for identification purposes, including visits to:
    1. College campuses
    2. Stanford garden
    3. Private and public collections
  4. Cultural practices related to successful plant growth
    1. Planting
    2. Disease and insect pest control
    3. Propagation
  5. Proper use in landscape and horticultural applications
    1. Sun/shade
    2. Soil type
    3. Moisture requirements
    4. Color
    5. Form
    6. Texture
    7. Edible
    8. Functional concerns
    9. Esthetic uses
    10. Shelter
    11. Environmental uses
    12. Wildlife value
    13. Poisonous
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Field test on ornamental grasses (identification, growth habits, etc.).
  2. Documented active participation which furthers student knowledge of ornamental grasses and their uses.
Representative Text(s) -
Sunset. Sunset Western Garden Book. 9th ed. Menlo Park, CA: Sunset Publishing Company, 2012.

Disciplines -
Ornamental Horticulture
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lectures.
  2. Discussions.
  3. Class activities.
  4. Preparing designs.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments include:
    1. Researching up to 15 plant species per week (approx. 20 pages) in representative texts.
    2. Review of Foothill Horticulture Plant Database.