|1. Description - |
|Identification, taxonomy, habits of growth, cultural and environmental requirements of woody plants grown in California. Emphasis on the use and maintenance of evergreen broadleaf trees in the landscape. Plants are observed in lab, on campus, and at off-site locations. This course a required course for Horticulture certificates and degrees, and is intended for students in the horticulture program but members of the public and professional community are invited to enroll.|
|Advisory: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in HORT 15 strongly recommended; not open to students with credit in HORT 51A.|
|2. Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- Recall the botanical and common names, appearance, culture, adaptation and use of at least 150 evergreen and deciduous trees.
- Correctly identify all evergreen and deciduous trees presented by botanical and common names.
- Compare and contrast evergreen and deciduous trees features and cultural needs in different landscape situations.
- Recognize horticultural and botanical terms and use them to describe evergreen and deciduous trees characteristics and cultural needs.
- Demonstrate, on written examinations, knowledge of the terms and nomenclature utilized in the identification of evergreen and deciduous trees.
- Recognize the variety of ways ornamental evergreen and deciduous treesare utilized by different cultures around the world.
|3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Horticultural laboratory with multi-media projection system; related horticultural facilities. Students provide plant collecting materials (cameras, baggies, labeling tape, knife, plant press, etc.). |
|4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Review of botanical and horticultural terms, principles, and approved practices
- Detailed description of 150 or more trees and shrubs from around the world, including identification of the following characteristics:
- Leaf type
- Field trips to see mature plant materials in landscape settings and to gather plant samples for identification purposes
- Cultural practices related to successful plant growth
- Disease and insect pest control
- Site analysis for horticulturally correct plant selection
- Soil type
- Moisture requirements
- Soil pH
- Urban conditions
- Relationship of course to landscape design practices
- Characteristics of plants
- Functional concerns
- Esthetic uses
- Environmental uses
- Wildlife value
- State common and botanical name
|5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.|
|6. Methods of Evaluation - |
- Weekly identification quizzes
- Written midterm exam on use of plants in design situations
- Written final exam on use of plants in design situations
|7. Representative Text(s) - |
|Sunset, Sunset Western Garden Book, Menlo Park, CA, Sunset Publishing Company, 2007. |
|8. Disciplines - |
|Environmental Horticulture & Design |
|9. Method of Instruction - |
- Field observation of plants.
- Lectures on plant characteristics.
- Discussions regarding use and care of plants.
- Read assigned reading activities.
- Perform self-guided research.
|10. Lab Content - |
- Site visit to plant locations.
- Discussion of plant cultural and design implications.
- Photography and documentation of plants.
|11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.|
|12. 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 |
|13. Need/Justification - |
|This course is a required core course for the AS degree and Certificate of Achievement in Environmental Horticulture & Design. |