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Effective: Fall 2012

Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
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 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 in lab, on campus, and at off-site locations.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. recall the botanical and common names, appearance, culture, adaptation and use of a variety of ornamental grasses.
  2. correctly identify all ornamental grasses presented by botanical and common names.
  3. compare and contrast ornamental grasses features and cultural needs in different landscape situations.
  4. recognize horticultural and botanical terms and use them to describe ornamental grasses characteristics and cultural needs.
  5. demonstrate, by examination and/or project, knowledge of the terms and nomenclature utilized in the identification of ornamental grasses.
  6. recognize the variety of ways grasses are utilized by different cultures around the world.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory with multi-media projection system; related horticultural facilities. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, plant collecting materials (baggies, labeling tape, knife, plant press, etc.).

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Review of botanical and horticultural terms, principles, and approved practices
  2. Detailed description of 40 or more grasses
  3. Field trips to see plant materials in landscape settings and to gather plant samples for identification purposes, including trips to:
    1. Private residences
    2. Commercial sites
    3. Public parks
  4. Cultural practices related to successful plant growth
    1. Planting
    2. Disease and insect pest control
    3. Propagation
    4. Pruning
    5. Maintenance
    6. Use of grasses by different cultures including Native American and foreign cultures.
  5. Site analysis for horticulturally correct plant selection
    1. Soil
    2. Moisture requirements
    3. Pest problems
    4. Deciduous or evergreen
  6. Relationship of course to landscape design practices
Methods of Evaluation -
Methods of evaluation used for this course will include:
  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, Menlo Park, CA, Sunset Publishing Company, 2010.

Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
Method of Instruction -
Instructional methods to be used in this class will include:
  1. Lectures.
  2. Participate in discussions.
  3. Engage in lab activities.
Lab Content -
Lab content will include:
  1. Identify decorative grasses.
  2. Identify grass cultural requirements.
  3. Identify uses of decorative grasses in design.
  4. Design grass gardens
  5. Divide grasses
  6. Maintain campus grass garden
  7. Plant grasses in garden areas
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Typical reading assignments will include researching up to 15 plant species per week (approximately 20 pages of reading) in representative texts. Reading assignments will also include review of Foothill Hort Plant Database.