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Landscape Horticulture (HS 342)

3 credits (2-3-0) Fall, Spring

Course Description

HS 342, Landscape Horticulture, is concerned with the small scale design and the use of plants to help humans relate better to the land. In this course we will pursue an understanding of this relationship and explore the processes by which this understanding can be employed to design landscapes for residences.

Because this is an introductory course, the lectures will be used to familiarize students with the wide range of issues important to small scale landscape design as a changing profession. In this sense, the course is comprehensive, as well as far-reaching and often provocative.

Lab activities include a variety of weekly exercises, design projects, and field trips. It is understood that students enrolled in this course have already successfully completed HS 495Z, Landscape Graphic Communication, as this course will utilize those communication skills and continue to build upon them.

Course Objectives

By the end of the semester, students will be able to:

  • Thoughtfully critique human-built landscapes they experience;
  • Evaluate and identify the style of existing designed spaces and components within garden spaces;
  • Understand how garden design evolved throughout history and how it impacts the way spaces are designed today;
  • Apply appropriate historical garden precedents to current landscape design projects;
  • Research design information and apply it to a project;
  • Apply the design process and personalize it to best serve their needs;
  • Learn how to collect and analyze site data;
  • Learn how to collect and analyze client information;
  • Develop artful, creative designs by utilizing principles of art and appropriate geometries;
  • Begin to understand the significant role of vegetation plays in landscape design;
  • Begin to understand the significant role hardscape plays in landscape design;
  • Learn best management practices for installation and maintenance of gardens;
  • Identify what might be “maintenance” vs. “gardening” for clients; and
  • Begin to understand how a designer might run a business and what legal issues are pertinent to landscape design.

A section/elevation drawing for the reflection garden.
A section/elevation drawing for the reflection garden.

Students present their final designs to their instructors, peers, and clients.
Students present their final designs to their instructors, peers, and clients.

Students study historical landscape design precedents, such as Villa D’Este in Italy.
Students study historical landscape design precedents, such as Villa D’Este in Italy.