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PSS 125 Woody Landscape Plants

Fall Semester 2010

Instructor: Dr. Mark C. Starrett, Jeffords Hall, Room 215
Phone: 656-0467. E-mail: Mark.Starrett@uvm.edu

Teaching assistant: Jesse Ackmann Jesse.Ackemann@uvm.edu Office Hours: TBA

Textbook: Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, Michael Dirr, Stipes Publishing Co., 6th ed. 2009.

Optional texts: Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs. Michael A. Dirr, Timber Press, 1997
Landscape Plants for Vermont. Norman E. Pellett and Mark C. Starrett, 2002

Websites: Cary Award Winning Plants (http://www.caryaward.org/)

Missouri Botanical Garden PlantFinder
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/)
Univ. of Illinois – Woody Plants (http://woodyplants.nres.uiuc.edu/)
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., 10:00 – 11:00 AM, and

two 2 3/4-hour lab periods per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays
11:30 - 2:15 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 ≈ 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 planting 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)
Term paper and 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%
Academic Support Programs (ACCESS, Learning Coop & TRiO): www.uvm.edu/~aspprogs
You are expected to adhere to the UVM Academic Integrity Code and UVM Code of Student Rights and
Responsibilities. Please familiarize yourself with these: http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/?Page=alphalist.php

Cellphones: All cellphones should be turned off during the class/lab unless you are using the camera to capture images of
plants on the walks. The instructor will carry an active cellphone with him on walks in case there is a campus-wide
emergency. ALL cell phones and similar devices should be turned off and put away during quiz walks.