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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 51H.
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 -
  • Students will be able to prepare a design or plant walk using annuals and perennials.
  • Identify perennials and annuals presented by botanical and common names.
  • Compare and contrast perennials and annuals features and cultural need.
Description -
Identification, taxonomy, habits of growth, cultural and environmental requirements of herbaceous plants grown in California. Emphasis on the use and maintenance of significant perennial and annual species with significant features such as flower and foliage displays. 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 100 perennials and annuals.
  2. Identify all perennials and annuals presented by name or application.
  3. Compare and contrast perennials and annuals features and cultural needs in different landscape situations.
  4. Recognize horticultural and botanical terms and use them to describe perennials and annuals characteristics and cultural needs.
  5. Demonstrate, in written examinations and projects, knowledge of the use of perennials and annuals presented in class.
  6. Recognize the variety of ways perennial 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 plant collection materials (camera, sample bags, shears, labeling supplies).

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Review of botanical and horticultural terms, principles, and approved practices
  2. Detailed description of 100 or more perennials and annuals 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
    6. Height
    7. Spread
    8. Plant color
  3. Field trips to see mature plant materials in landscape settings and to gather plant samples for identification purposes, including trips to:
    1. Private gardens
    2. Public parks
    3. Corporate settings
    4. Schools and institutional settings
  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 benefits
  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. 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.
  4. Critical thinking activities to evaluate plants for specific environmental conditions.
  5. Preparing plant walks.
  6. Writing emotive feelings and ideas regarding color and plants.
  7. Developing sensory perceptions of plants in the landscape.
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