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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 2
Hours: 2 lecture per week (24 total per quarter)
Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in HORT 15 strongly recommended; not open to students with credit in HORT 51F.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify bamboos and palms presented by botanical and common names.
  • Compare and contrast bamboos and palms features and cultural need.


Identification, taxonomy, habits of growth, cultural and environmental requirements of bamboos and palms grown in California. Emphasis on the use and maintenance of these two categories of monocots, each with markedly different forms. Plants are observed via media and physical observation.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Recall the botanical and common names of at least 75 bamboos and palms and the terms used for plant identification.
B. Recall the appearance and adaptation and use of at least 75 bamboos and palms.
C. Compare and contrast bamboo and palm features and cultural needs in different landscape situations.
D. Identify how the plants can be used in the landscape.
E. Recognize the variety of ways bamboos and palms are utilized by cultures around the world.

Course Content

A. Review of botanical and horticultural names of covered plants and the terms necessary for plant identification.
B. Detailed appearance of 75 or more bamboos and palms from around the U.S. and world, including identification of the following characteristics:
1. Leaf type
2. Fruit
3. Bark
4. Form
5. Growth habit
C. Identify the cultural practices related to successful plant growth.
1. Planting
2. Disease and insect pest control
3. Propagation
4. Pruning
5. Adaptation
6. Sun/shade
7. Soil type
8. Moisture requirements
9. Soil pH
10. Wildlife habitat
11. Pest harboring
D. Relationship of plants covered in the course to landscape design practices, including:
1. Color
2. Form
3. Texture
4. Line
5. Edible
6. Functional concerns
7. Aesthetic uses
8. Wildlife value
9. Poisonous
E. Discussion of how plants can be used for different purposes by other cultures.

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Horticultural classroom with multi-media projection system; plant arboretum.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Design project
B. Written midterm exam on use of plants in design situations
C. Written final exam on use of plants in design situations
D. Preparation of a plant walk that locates and identifies 15 course plants

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Field observation of plants.
B. Lectures on plant characteristics.
C. Discussions regarding use and care of plants.
D. Assigned reading activities.
E. Self-guided research.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Sunset. Sunset Western Garden Book. 9th ed. Menlo Park, CA: Sunset Publishing Company, 2012.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

Typical reading assignments will include researching up to 15 plant species per week (approximately 20 pages of reading) in representative texts. Reading assignments will also include review of Foothill Hort Plant Database.



Ornamental Horticulture