232 - Landscape Plant Materials II
This course has been replaced by Hort 330.
identification, growth, ecology, selection, and use of
landscape plants, including conifers, evergreens, interior
plants, herbaceous perennials, and flowering woody
||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
many native and exotic woody and herbaceous landscape plant used
in interior and exterior landscapes. They will understand many of
the factors that are involved in successful plant selection
and use. They should gain an appreciation for the
dynamic nature of plants and the complexities involved in
landscape plant usage.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: By
the end of the semester, students will be able to:
LECTURE TOPIC OVERVIEW:
- recognize and identify common interior and exterior
landscape plants by common and scientific names,
- describe and document functional and ecological uses of
- select appropriate plants to install under a variety of
environmental and design constraints,
- articulate desirable and undesirable plant characteristics
that influence plant selection and use, and
- find and evaluate the usefulness
various resources, including books and web sites, on
Selected plant families: Pinaceae,
Ericaeae, and Rosaceae.
Plant uses: windbreak and air quality.
Environmental factors: light, acclimatization,
soil pH, water, and invasive plants.
Gardening categories: bulbs, native plants, and flowering
trees and shrubs.
10% - Class/lab work and
participation (number to be determined; 2 lowest
class scores dropped)
15% - Homework ( 6
assignments; no scores dropped)
25% - Class exams and finals-week exam ( 3 exams;
lowest score dropped)
15% - Lab ID comprehensive quizzes ( 10 quizzes; 2
lowest scores dropped)
15% - Lab ID midterm exam
20% - Lab ID final exam - You must earn above 60% on this exam to
pass the course!
FINAL GRADES: Grades will be assigned as follows, assuming you earn above 60% on the
final ID exam.
(or below 60% on
final ID exam)
due at the beginning of class on the due date. It may be turned in
late, but you will 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 turned in 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 alternative
- Extra credit may be earned by correctly
identifying and spelling plant family names for
specimens on each plant identification quiz and each plant
- Extra credit (5 points per class/lab)
may also be earned when the instructor is caught making
six mistakes during any one period. You must be
present during the entire period to receive extra credit.
- If your grade is lower than you like, concentrate
on the regular coursework. The instructors are available
to help you.
EXPECTATIONS, PARTICIPATION and
You are expected to be a
positive, contributing member of the class. Much of the work
will be done in groups, so you must act in a manner that helps you and others learn.
Come to class prepared. Assist other students when
you can. Do o not disrupt or prevent learning by others, for
example by talking during presentations.
Students who do not meet these expectations may be expelled from a
class or lab period or 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 the
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 you.
For lab, bring your Plant ID
Cards each class. 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.
Use electronic devices wisely. Computers,
tablets, or other electronic devices may be used for taking
notes. Any other use must be approved by the
instructor. Turn ringers and noise generators off.
Phones may not be used in class or lab.
Integrity: 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 dishonesty, 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 on the 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 Accountability.
approved through the WSU Access Center (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
environment 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.
be enforced in this class. 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!
FINAL POLICY NOTES:
Class Policy Violations: Any
violations of class policies or instructors’ instructions could
result in losing privileges, such as the use of a computer to take
notes, or could result in being banned from specific classes or
labs or expelled from the entire course.
Syllabus Changes: All information in this syllabus, on
the class web site, and in class handouts is assumed to be
correct, but is subject to change if something unexpected
occurs. Changes will be presented in class, on the class web
sites, and/or in class handouts.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Virginia Lohr;
Pullman, Washington 99164-6414 U.S.A.
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