Horticulture 231- Landscape
Plant Materials I
- NOTE: Material on
this web site will not be updated during Fall 2012. Changes from
this information will be posted on Angel or discussed in class.
Tuesday and Thursday 8:10 - 9 AM in Johnson Hall Annex C105
- 12 in Vogel Plant Sciences Building 43
Review Sessions: To be
determined - check Angel site
identification, nomenclature, ecology, selection, and use of landscape
plants, including flowering annuals, deciduous woody plants, and
||None. Introductory plant
science, e.g. Biology
120 or Hort 202, is recommended.
231 is NOT a prerequisite for Hort 232.
Hort. 231 and 232 do not need to be
taken in order.
Students will become familiar with a
variety of native and exotic woody and herbaceous
They will understand the biological basis for plant responses
to various environmental and ecological factors.
They will gain an appreciation for the dynamic
nature of plants and the complexities involved in landscape
plant selection and use.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the
end of the semester, students will be able
MAJOR LECTURE TOPICS:
- recognize and identify selected
landscape plants by common and
- describe and document functional and
ecological uses of landscape plants,
- select appropriate plants to install under a variety of environmental, economic, and design constraints,
- describe desirable and undesirable
plant characteristics and their effects on plant selection
- find and evaluate the
usefulness of various resources, including books and
websites, on plants
Nomenclature, Morphology, Cold
maturity, Fall color, Effects on energy use, Genetic
diversity, and Human responses
TEXTBOOKS & READING ASSIGNMENTS:
1. Lohr, Virginia.
Hort 231 Plant Materials I Identification Cards.
Available from Crimson & Gray or The Bookie.
Optional materials (for your added enjoyment and knowledge):
2. Dirr, Michael A. 2009. Manual
of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing Company,
3. Brenzel (Ed.). 2007. Sunset
Book. Sunset Publishing Company, Menlo Park,
Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest.
2. Still, Manual of Herbaceous
Scores will be posted on
Angel at WSU.
10% - Class/lab
work and participation (number to be determined; 2
lowest scores dropped)
FINAL GRADES: Grades will be
assigned as follows, assuming you
earn above 60% on the final ID exam.
|93% or more
(or below 60% on final ID exam)
due at the beginning of class on the due date. It may be turned in
lose 1% of the possible points for every day (including weekends) past
the due date, unless stated otherwise on the assignment
instructions. You will receive no comments or explanations
for your grade on late homework. The last day to turn in late
homework assignments is the last class day. Class/lab work
assignments or quizzes
may NOT be
late or made up. Your two lowest scores will be dropped.
MAKE-UP EXAMS & QUIZZES:
exams or ID quizzes will be
given, because this involves too much extra work for the instructors
(work to prepare an alternate, to grade an alternate, and to decide if
your explanation for missing is legitimate). The reason that the low
scores on exams and quizzes are dropped is to keep you from being
unduly penalized for unforeseen circumstances, such as a death in the
family, a court appearance, or a faulty alarm clock. If you miss
an exam or quiz, you will receive a zero, unless there
are extenuating circumstances AND the instructor agrees to an
- Extra credit may be earned by correctly
identifying and spelling plant family names for specimens on
each plant identification quiz and each plant identification exam.
- Extra credit (5 points per lab) may also
be earned when the instructor is caught making six mistakes
during any one lab period. You must be present during the entire
lab to receive extra credit.
- If your grade is lower than you like, concentrate on the regular
coursework. The instructors are available to help you.
You are expected to be a positive, contributing
of the class. Much
of the work will be done in groups, so you
must act in a manner that helps you and others
Come to class prepared.
Assist other students when you can. Do o not
prevent learning by others, for example by talking during presentations.
do not meet these expectations may be expelled from a class or lab
from the entire course.
You are expected to check the
class web site
regularly for grades and updated
Regular attendance and participation
are essential to doing well in this course. The material to be learned
depends heavily on presentations and activities in class and lab. There
are no good alternative sources of materials for much of
information covered. If you miss
a class, find
out what you missed by asking a
classmate. Obtain any handouts from the instructors. Do the
assigned reading for the class topic and review notes from another
student. If anything is unclear, then ask the instructors to help
For lab, bring your Plant ID
each week. Be prepared to go
outside, regardless of
weather! Be prepared to walk rapidly on wet,
muddy, or slippery surfaces. Participation includes being ready for the
weather, so that you can think and talk about class topics and not
about how cold or wet you are.
Cell phone use
and smoking are not permitted at any time in class or lab, even when
you are in lab walking around campus looking at plants. Be sure your
phone is turned off.
You are on your honor
to participate in
this class as your own
representative and not to pass the work of others off as your own. Academic
, in any form, including copying
from other students on quizzes or copying from books
or web pages
on assignments, is unacceptable. If you are caught
cheating, you will receive a zero
involved quiz, exam, or assignment. If we suspect you are cheating, we
may assign a zero or we may choose to give you an opportunity to repeat
the activity under conditions of our choosing. Clear violations
will be reported to your Department and to the Office of Student Standards and
through the WSU Access
(335-3417) are available for students who have a documented
different ability. Notify the instructor if you need accommodations.
“Washington State University is
committed to maintaining a safe
for its faculty, staff, and students. Safety
is the responsibility of every member of the campus community and
individuals should know the appropriate actions to take when an
emergency arises.” Please become familiar with: WSU Pullman Campus Safety Plan
and WSU Emergency Management
Also be sure you have supplied safety alert information at: WSU Alert
Safety will be enforced in
. For example, you may be dismissed from lab if
you throw objects such as pine cones or snow balls on lab walks.
I once had to take a student to the emergency room, and I don’t want to
do it ever again!
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