|1. Description - |
|Identification, taxonomy, habits of growth, cultural and environmental requirements of bamboos and palms grown in California. Emphasis on the use and maintenance of these two categories of monocots, each with markedly different forms. Plants are observed in lab, on campus, and at off-site locations. This course is required 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 51F.|
|2. Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- Recall the botanical and common names, appearance, culture, adaptation and use of at least 60 bamboos and palms.
- Correctly identify all bamboos and palmspresented by botanical and common names.
- Compare and contrast bamboos and palms features and cultural needs in different landscape situations.
- Recognize horticultural and botanical terms and use them to describe bamboos and palms characteristics and cultural needs.
- Demonstrate, on written examinations, knowledge of the terms and nomenclature utilized in the identification of bamboos and palms.
- Recognize the variety of ways bamboos and palms are 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 pruning shears with sheath, plant collecting materials (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 60 or more bamboos and palms from around the world, including identification of the following characteristics:
- Leaf type
- Exterior appearance and culm presence
- Growth habit
- Stem color and growth habit
- 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
- Wildlife habitat
- Resistance to oak root fungus
- Ability to hide gophers
- Relationship of plants covered in the course to landscape design practices including:
- Characteristics of plants
- Functional concerns
- Esthetic uses
- Structural uses
- Environmental uses
- Wildlife value
- Economic impacts
- State common and botanical name
|5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.|
|6. Methods of Evaluation - |
- Design project
- Written midterm exam on use of plants in design situations
- Written final exam on use of plants in design situations
- Preparation of a plant walk that locates and identifies 15 course plants
|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.
- Critical thinking activities to analyze plants and their culture as appropriate for use in the landscape.
|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 restricted support course for the AS degree in Environmental Horticulture & Design. |