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Effective: Fall 2012

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
12 hours lecture total per quarter. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Describe the history of herbs used for cultural activities.
  • Identify common herbs used for culinary, medicinal, spiritual and decorative purposes.
Description -
An introductory look at the use and folklore of herbs grown for specific cultural purposes. Herbs noted for their culinary, aromatic, or medicinal properties.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. identify common herbs used in the landscape.
  2. list cultural uses of herbs.
  3. discuss past and potential future uses of herbs in our culture.
  4. describe the use of herbs in different cultures over time.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory with multi-media projection system, horticultural facilities, and arboretum.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to herbs
    1. Culinary
    2. Aromatic
    3. Medicinal
    4. Culture specific
  2. Identification of herbs
    1. Taxonomy
    2. Growth habits
    3. Environmental requirements and cultivation
  3. Cultural applications
    1. historic and future uses of specialized herbs in different cultures
    2. societal implications of using or promoting the use of herbs
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Field test on herbs (identification, growth habits, etc.)
  2. Documented active participation which furthers student knowledge of herbs and their uses.
Representative Text(s) -
Adams, James. Landscaping with Herbs. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2009.

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 -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Typical reading assignments will include researching up to 20 plant species per week (approximately 30 pages of reading) in representative text and similar text books.