DTM*1400 Landscape Plants

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The following description is for the course offering in Fall 2019 and is subject to change. It is provided for information only. The course outline distributed to the class at the beginning of the semester describes the course content and delivery, and defines the methods and criteria to be used in establishing the final grades for the course.

The course covers recognition, identification, naming, physical features and cultural adaptation of native and introduced woody and herbaceous plants found in cultivated landscapes. Students will be able to identify plants in the landscape and from portions of plants in the laboratory. The course prepares the students for future courses by providing them with tools for future learning.


Teaching Assistant:

Jessica Gaetanu

Credit Weight:


Course Level:

  • Diploma

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture



Semester Offering:

  • Fall

Class Schedule and Location:

Please refer to Web Advisor for class schedule and location.

Learning outcomes:

After successfully completing the course, students will:

  1. understand the importance of being able to accuratley identify common landscape plants.
  2. use and apply plant identification tools and techniques.
  3. identify some of the more common herbaceous and woody landscape plants found in our region.
  4. understand some of the practical specific/unique growing criteria said plants require.

Lecture Content:

Topics to be covered  in lectures include:

  • Annuals
  • Deciduous trees
  • Herbaceous perennials
  • Deciduous shrubs
  • Ground covers
  • Ornamental grasses
  • Broadleaf evergreens
  • Conifers
  • Bulbs, corms and tubers
Labs & Seminars:

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test
Contribution to Final Mark

Lab Quizzes


Lecture Tests




Final examination:

Please refer to Web Advisor for exam schedule and location.

Course Resources:

Required texts:

There are no required texts for this course.

Recommended texts:

Trees in Canada. 2007. J.L. Farrar

Other Resources:

Bedding Plants Favorites. 1994. L. Hole


Course Policies:

Course Policy on Group Work:

Each lab (except week 1) will begin with a quiz covering the plants from the previous week. The quiz will require knowledge of plant characteristics of each plant.  Specimens will be plant parts, colour illustrations and/or word descriptions. There will be no opportunity to write missed Lab quizzes.

There will be three tests during the semester.  See the weekly schedule for test dates and the content covered. There will be no opportunity to write missed lecture tests.

Project due dates will be announced when the projects are assigned. Late submissions will result in a 10% deduction per day.

Diploma Grading Procedures

Please note that these policies are binding unless academic consideration is given to an individual student.

Course Policy on Group Work:

Project group work must be shared equally.

Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of lectures:

Electronic recording of classes is expressly forbidden without consent of the instructor.  When recordings are permitted, they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor.

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