PSS 125 Woody Landscape Plants
Fall Semester 2007
Instructor: Dr. Mark C. Starrett, Hills Science Building, Room 5
Phone: 656-0467. E-mail: Mark.Starrett@uvm.edu
Teaching assistant: Steve Torosian. Stephen.Torosian@uvm.edu 13 Hills. Office Hours: Thurs. 1- 3 PM
Textbook: Manual of Woody Landscape Plants,
Michael Dirr, Stipes Publishing Co., 5th ed. 1998.
Optional texts: DirrŐs Hardy Trees and Shrubs. Michael A. Dirr, Timber Press, 1997
Landscape Plants for Vermont. Norman E. Pellett and Mark C. Starrett, 2002
Landscape Plants for Eastern North America
Harrison L. Flint, John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 2nd edition, 1997
Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Culture, and Use
Ferrell M. Bridwell, Delmar Publishers, Inc., 2nd edition, 2003
Websites: Cary Award Winning Plants (http://www.caryaward.org/)
National Arborday Foundation (http://www.arborday.org/trees/whatzone.html)
NCSU Consumer Horticulture (http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/)
Noble Foundation (http://www.noble.org/webapps/plantimagegallery/woodies.aspx)
Oregon State U. Plant Images (http://www.orst.edu/dept/ldplants/)
OSU Plant Images (http://www.hcs.ohio-state.edu/hort/plantlisting/)
USDA Plants Guide (http://plants.usda.gov/)
Vascular Plant Images (http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/gallery.htm)
Virtual Campus Plant Walks (http://www.hort.uconn.edu/plants/)
Format: Two 1-hour lectures on Tues./Thurs., 11:00 am - 12:00 PM, and
one 2 3/4-hour lab period per week on Tuesdays,
12:30 - 3:15 PM, Room 17 Hills Science
Description: In this course, we will study the art and science of woody plant
identification. We will also study the culture, use, and adaptation of
ornamental plants in specific landscape situations.
Objectives: The student will be able to:
1.) Identify Č 250 plants by their scientific and common name, using correct spelling!
2.) Determine the most desirable ornamental characteristics for these plants.
3.) Determine the most suitable locations for specific plants based on their cultural
requirements and landscape characteristics.
4.) Master the skill of plant observation and description, both orally and in writing.
Assignments: 12 Plant Identification Quizzes = 60% (you may drop your two lowest scores)
Weekly collection of pressed samples and final presentation = 10%
1 Culture and Identification Midterm Exam = 15%
1 Culture and Identification Final Exam = 15%
Grading: A+ = 97 - 100% C = 73 - 76%
A = 93 – 96% C- = 70 - 72%
A- = 90 - 92% D+ = 67 - 69%
B+ = 87 - 89% D = 63 - 66%
B = 83 - 86% D- = 60 - 62%
B- = 80 - 82% F = below 60%
C+ = 77 - 79%
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