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Effective: Fall 2012

Advisory: Advisory: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in HORT 15 strongly recommended; not open to students with credit in HORT 51B.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Identify shrubs presented by botanical and common names.
  • Compare and contrast shrub features and cultural need.
Description -
Identification, taxonomy, habits of growth, cultural and environmental requirements of woody plants grown in California. Emphasis on the use and maintenance of evergreen and deciduous shrubs in the landscape. 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 at least 150 deciduous and evergreen shrubs.
  2. Correctly identify all deciduous and evergreen shrubs presented by botanical and common names.
  3. Compare and contrast deciduous and evergreen shrubs features and cultural needs in different landscape situations.
  4. Recognize horticultural and botanical terms and use them to describe deciduous and evergreen shrubs characteristics and cultural needs.
  5. Demonstrate, on written examinations, knowledge of the terms and nomenclature utilized in the identification of deciduous and evergreen shrubs.
  6. Recognize the variety of ways ornamental plants 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 plant collecting materials (camera, 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 135 or more shrubs from around the world, including identification of the following characteristics:
    1. Leaf type
    2. Fruit
    3. Bark
    4. Form
    5. Growth habit
    6. Propagation methods
  3. Field trips to see mature plant materials in landscape settings and to gather plant samples for identification purposes
  4. Cultural practices related to successful plant growth
    1. Planting
    2. Disease and insect pest control
    3. Propagation
    4. Pruning
    5. Adaptation
  5. Site analysis for horticulturally correct plant selection
    1. Sun/shade
    2. Soil type
    3. Moisture requirements
    4. Soil pH
    5. Wildlife habitat
    6. Resistance to oak root fungus
    7. Ability to hide gophers
  6. Relationship of plants covered in the course to landscape design practices including:
    1. Color
    2. Form
    3. Texture
    4. Line
  7. Characteristics of plants
    1. Edible
    2. Functional concerns
    3. Esthetic uses
    4. Shelter
    5. Environmental uses
    6. Wildlife value
    7. Poisonous
  8. State common and botanical name
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Weekly identification quizzes
  2. Written midterm exam on use of plants in design situations
  3. Written final exam on use of plants in design situations
Representative Text(s) -
Sunset, Sunset Western Garden Book, Menlo Park, CA, Sunset Publishing Company, 2010.

Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
Method of Instruction -
  1. Field observation of plants.
  2. Lectures on plant characteristics.
  3. Discussions regarding use and care of plants.
  4. Read assigned reading activities.
  5. Perform self-guided research.
Lab Content -
  1. Site visit to plant locations.
  2. Discussion of plant cultural and design implications.
  3. Photography and documentation of plants.
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.