Recognizing that plants are one of the essential mediums of landscape architecture, this class seeks to introduce the student to two basic relationships; the relationship between plants and people (horticulture) and the relationship between plants and the environment (ecology).
This is achieved through a field trip and lecture based class focusing on the following topics and objectives.
- Concepts, and practices necessary for using plants as a design medium.
- Demonstrations of how to identify individual plants, the landscape communities they are part of, the ecological factors that define individual communities.
- Introduction to the spatial, visual, functional, temporal, and sensorial qualities of approximately 100 plants.
- Introduction to the horticultural requirements of the above-mentioned plants as well as the pragmatic relationship between how plants are commercially produced and how they are used in the designed landscape.
The course is structured to include on field trip, one lecture and on plant identification quiz per week. Evaluation of student performance is based on quiz grades and class attendance.