This course focuses on the study of native trees, shrubs, and vines that are the foundation of natural and designed landscapes. Emphasis is on identification, culture, association, and appropriate use of plant communities. Students learn to identify a variety of native plants and their uses.
Prerequisite: HORT 8261.
Students develop an ecologically based understanding of how to establish, restore, and manage meadows, forests, and wetland systems. The course emphasizes natural processes and how to integrate the built landscape with natural systems. Students also explore plant communities and wildlife habitats of Southeastern Pennsylvania. By the end of the course, students know the components of a restoration plan and have developed a plan for a real site.