Class learning objectives:

  • At the end of this class you will be able to identify, describe, and name many common herbaceous annuals and perennials.
  • You will be able to give examples of how these plants can be used in the landscape and will have practiced selecting annual and herbaceous perennials for specific landscape applications.
  • You will be familiar with some common problems and limitations to using these plants and will be able to diagnose and suggest possible solutions to problems with these plants in the landscape.

Class description:

This class utilizes web-based resources. We will use Canvas to access course materials including quizzes and online exams, study materials including the class website and additional assignments and lessons.  Much of this course is self-paced using these web-based resources. To be successful in this class you will need to use at the very least - your 2 hours of class time, or an equivalent period working with these resources.

The class work is heaviest during the first 2/3 of the semester. We will be taking plant walks all over campus and downtown State College, identifying plants and their uses. We will introduce most of the covered plants during these walks. Online materials will also cover plants we can not see, mostly because they are spring or early summer flowering plants or they were not used on campus or in downtown plantings this year. 

There will be three plant selection and use assignments. These are either individual or self selected group (up to 3 students) assignments. The last week of the class will be presentations where each student or group will present, explain and defend their plant choices for one of the class assignments.

Class meetings: 

Monday and Wednesday 8am - 8:50am - Room 123 HH1. 

There is usually no class meeting during the lecture period in this class. Study materials are online and it is expected that you will spend the lecture period or an equivalent time working with these materials. Online quizzes in Canvas are open book and can be done as many times as you want. Only the highest score will be recorded. Quizzes will open Monday at 8am the week they are due and close after 1 week on Sunday at midnight. There will be 12 online quizzes. There will be 2 online exams drawn from the quiz questions. The exams will be open resource (book, web, etc) but unlike the quizzes you will only have 2 attempts to take the exam. As with the quizzes the highest score of your 2 attempts will count for your grade. We may choose to meet during some of the lecture periods if necessary to complete the class learning objectives.

Tuesday 9:05-11:00am, Section 1 lab – meet in 123 headhouse #1

Thursday 9:05-11:00am, Section 2 lab – in 123 headhouse #1

Attendance in lab is expected particularly during the first 8 weeks unless you have made arrangements in advance (or unless you are ill). For the first 8 weeks of the semester we will be doing a field walk during lab. There will be a plant id quiz at the start of each field walk except during the week of the field exam. There will be  a total of 6 field id quizzes. The lowest score of the 6 will be dropped. There will be no make up field quizzes for unexcused absences. Both lab periods are the same so if you know you must miss your lab for whatever reason, attend the other section for that week. We will be going out regardless of the weather so dress appropriately. 

Text: American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. This text is not required, you can find all the information you need for this class on this website and with other online resources. This is however a good book and useful resource and if you are one of those folks who prefers a good book to study from I would recommend you purchase this. It can be obtained relatively inexpensively on Amazon or any other online bookseller. You can often find used copies and older editions which are pretty complete.

Online: Canvas - Weekly lessons, quizzes, practice exams, class assignments and drop boxes, gradebook. Website - Weekly lessons, additional course materials. 

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