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Effective: Summer 2015

Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Develop Winter horticultural work skills under the guidance of a horticultural unit supervisor for an average of four hours per week.
  • During the Winter season, explore industry association and industry contacts for employment opportunities.
Description -
Course provides skills development and internship opportunities in Environmental Horticulture for the Winter season. This is an extension of classroom instruction covering topics such as woody tree & shrub pruning, drainage practices, winter plant protection, and rainwater harvesting. Offers students the opportunity through a combination of practical field experience, independent research, student internship, and industry related educational opportunities, to explore problems and required skills in the green industry.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of specific practices for implementing and maintaining Winter season landscapes.
  2. develop horticultural work skills under the guidance of a horticultural unit supervisor.
  3. demonstrate practical application of acquired skills in professional applications.
  4. explore green industry associations and industry contacts for employment opportunities.
  5. discuss diversity in the workplace.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory, greenhouse, nursery, and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves, and clothing for fieldwork.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Implementation and maintenance practices for Winter season landscapes
    1. Pruning (roses, woody shrubs, & trees)
    2. Fertilizer program initiation
    3. Winter weed management
    4. Rainwater harvesting practices
    5. Drainage & storm water management practices
    6. Plant protection practices for winter environments
  2. Horticultural skills development for the Winter season
    1. Development of a 12 week learning program geared to understanding Winter season landscapes
    2. Supervised horticultural practices
    3. Identification of horticultural problems and solutions typical of the Winter Season
    4. Group & student committee meetings
    5. Student / instructor meetings
  3. Professional application of skills
    1. Non-profit and professional internships
    2. Application of skills for residential landscapes
    3. Interaction with other green industry professionals in solving horticultural problems
  4. Green industry professional associations
    1. Interviews with potential employers
    2. Trade shows, seminars, and conferences.
    3. Professional association involvement and membership
    4. Visits to nurseries, construction projects, and other landscape sites.
  5. Workplace diversity
    1. Exploration of environmental horticulture as it pertains to the multi-cultural nature of urban and regional environments.
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Completed contract for current quarter
  2. Work at horticulture facility (as documented in contract)
  3. Records of outside work and activities completed (as documented in contract)
  4. Final summary report and appurtenant documentation (submitted with completed contract) which demonstrates an understanding of the implementation and maintenance of Winter seasonal landscapes
Representative Text(s) -
Sunset, Sunset Western Garden Book. Menlo Park, CA: Sunset Publishing Co, 2012.
Garner, Jerry. Careers in Horticulture and Botany. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2006 (optional).

Disciplines -
Ornamental Horticulture
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
  3. Self-paced
  4. Field work
  5. Independent study
  6. Internship/preceptorship
  7. Community service
Lab Content -
  1. Horticulture facility maintenance
  2. Plant material maintenance
  3. Internships
  4. Planting
  5. Design
  6. Community service activities.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 10-20 pages per week from industry literature and texts. Supplemental reading will be provided in hand-out form or through reference to on-line resources.
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.
  3. Guest speakers from industry will provide supplemental lecture and demonstration.
  4. Writing assignments include:
    1. activity reports