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Introduction and Orientation:


This class is organized by the 15 weeks of the semester. There is a web lesson for most weeks (except exam, review, and presentation weeks 7&8, and 14&15). There is a Canvas module for each week and a series of pages in this website for each week. 

For the first 6 weeks we will be introducing new plants, 30-45 or so each week. 

Your primary task for this period will be to memorize the common and scientific names and learn to recognize and identify these plants in photographs and in the field. 

The online lessons for each ot the first 6 weeks include a list of new plants for the week and links to photos and information about each plant. You are expected to study the information about each plant, learn the common and scientific name (spelling counts!) and enough about the characteristics of the plant to be able to identify it from photographs and in the field. 

The web page for each plant has the scientific name(s) you are expected to learn at the top of the page under the heading “Required species”. In some cases the required name will only be the Genus in others there will also be one or more species required, and in a few cases there may also be required cultivars. Although it is most important to learn the names and identities of the plants first, you are also responsible for information about the plants use and culture, including whether the plant is native, naturalized, or potentially invasive (this information can usually be found in the USDA plant database which is linked to each plant page). You will need to learn the preferred climate and growing conditions, and plant and flower color and form. For the first 3 weeks in addition to the weekly new plant list, online lessons will cover how plants are named and how to determine if you have the correct currently accepted scientific name, plant identifying characteristics, and plant families. In weeks 4-6 online lessons will cover other important characteristics like native status and hardiness zone. 

Every week (except during exam weeks) there will be an online plant ID quiz. Each quiz is worth 1.5% or your final grade. You may take the quiz as many times as you want during the week (only your highest score will be recorded). In addition to the weekly online quizzes there is either an assignment or exercise associated with the weekly online lessons. Each week for lab we will take a walk on campus or in town to see, touch and smell as many of the plants as possible. During this plant walk for weeks 2-7 there will be a field identification quiz. 

Week 7 is dedicated to a field review and week 8 is a field exam and online ID exam.

The second half of the class is devoted to studying selection and use of the the plants studied. Each week we will evaluate various landscape uses like container plantings, annual and perennial beds etc. Online quizzes will continue to include plant ID but will also include plant characteristics. There will be 3 design and use assignments. 

Week 14 we will have another online exam that will include both plant ID and plant characteristics and use questions.

Finally in the last week of the class we will have presentations where either individually or as a group you will present one of your 3 design and selection projects to the class

For more information on grading, assignments and weekly activities see the syllabus and weekly online lessons schedule.

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