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Effective: Summer 2017

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 uses of herbs.
  3. Discuss historic 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. Identification of herbs.
    1. Taxonomy.
    2. Growth habits.
    3. Environmental requirements and cultivation.
  2. Introduction to the uses for herbs.
    1. Culinary.
    2. Aromatic.
    3. Medicinal.
  3. How herbs have been used, and may be used in our culture.
    1. Historic uses of herbs.
    2. Future potential uses of specialized herb.
  4. Cultural applications of herbs around the world.
    1. Herb uses in other 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) -
Pursell, J.J. The Herbal Apothecary. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2015.
Adams, James. Landscaping with Herbs. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2009.

Disciplines -
Ornamental Horticulture
Method of Instruction -
  1. Field observation of plants.
  2. Lectures on plant characteristics.
  3. Discussions regarding use and care of plants.
  4. Assigned reading activities.
  5. 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.