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Effective: Fall 2012
HORT 24PLANT MATERIALS: GROUND COVERS & VINES2 Unit(s)

Advisory: Advisory: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in HORT 15 strongly recommended; not open to students with credit in HORT 51E.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Identify ground covers and vines presented by botanical and common names.
  • Compare and contrast ground covers and vines features and cultural need.
Description -
Identification, taxonomy, habits of growth, cultural and environmental requirements of woody and herbaceous ground covers and vines grown in California. Emphasis on the use and maintenance of evergreen and deciduous plants used as ground covers, vines, or espaliers in ornamental landscapes. 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 75 ground covers and vines.
  2. correctly identify all ground covers and vines presented by botanical and common names.
  3. Compare and contrast ground covers and vines features and cultural needs in different landscape situations.
  4. Recognize horticultural and botanical terms and use them to describe ground covers and vines characteristics and cultural needs.
  5. Demonstrate, on written examinations, knowledge of the terms and nomenclature utilized in the identification of ground covers and vines.
  6. Recognize the variety of ways ground covers and vines 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 plant collecting materials (cameras, 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 75 or more ground covers and vines from around the U.S. and world, including identification of the following characteristics:
    1. Leaf type
    2. Fruit
    3. Bark
    4. Form
    5. Growth habit
  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. Pest harboring
  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. Design project
  2. Written midterm exam on use of plants in design situations
  3. Written final exam on use of plants in design situations
  4. Preparation of a plant walk that locates and identifies 15 course plants
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.
  4. Observation of vine growth and variable habitats.
  5. Research vine methods of integral growth with structures.
  6. Observe and document ground cover and vine use to cover ground and walls.
 
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