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Effective: Summer 2014

Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours lecture. (36 hours total per quarter)

Description -
The history of gardens from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to the romantic landscapes of England to contemporary garden design. Emphasis is on major historical landscapes in terms of their cultural, social, political, and economic impacts.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. analyze the overall design layout of a specific garden and relate the historical design to designs of today.
  2. demonstrate knowledge of historical similarities in design and identify international vocabulary.
  3. demonstrate knowledge of garden architecture within historical contexts.
  4. demonstrate knowledge of common plant usage in relation to country, climate, and history.
  5. identify and understand cultural differences in landscape design.
  6. discuss landscape design influences, famous historical garden designers, and pertinent influences behind specific garden designs.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Classroom with dual, independent projectors. Visualizer for projecting images.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Historical Gardens
    1. Garden layouts / plans
    2. Garden elements
    3. Relationship to contemporary garden design
  2. Comparisons of Historic Gardens
    1. Compare and contrast historic gardens
    2. Garden design vocabulary (both domestic and international)
  3. Garden Architecture
    1. Placing the design of gardens within their historical contexts
    2. The evolution of garden architecture through the centuries
    3. Why specific types of garden architecture have proven successful
  4. Plant Usage
    1. Country specific uses of indigenous plants
    2. Plants cultivated for use internationally or for other than indigenous uses
    3. The implication of climate on the selection and use of plants in historic gardens
    4. Historic significance of plants in gardens
    5. Uses of plants for specific cultural purposes (food, religion, aesthetics, etc.)
  5. Cultural differences in landscape design
    1. Examination of the evolution of garden design in different cultures
    2. Exploration of why differences exist in the styles and construction of gardens in different cultures
    3. The roles cultural practices, politics, and religion play in the design of gardens around the world
  6. Landscape Design Influences
    1. Notable landscape designers, garden designers, and landscape architects
    2. Influences which have directly affected the design of historic gardens
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Mid-term and Final examination
  2. Project
Representative Text(s) -
Sullivan, Chip. Illustrated History of Landscape Design - 1st Ed. Wiley, 2010.

Disciplines -
Ornamental Horticulture
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations.
  2. In-class discussions of historic gardens.
  3. Class discussions of the vocabulary used in garden design as applied to historic gardens.
  4. Individual project presentations and group feedback and questions on project gardens.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Glossary of terms used in history of landscape design. Students will be expected to read and learn all of the key vocabulary used in the class.
  2. Weekly reading assignments from the text of between 20 and 30 pages.
  3. Written project on one or more historic gardens.