Mon. Apr. 16 Final design exercise
Mon. May 7 Tests
Tests and exercise may be turned in any time prior to the due dates. Late submissions after these dates will be accepted at the discretion of the instructor. Plan for the unexpected (illness, computer crash, snow storms, ski opportunities, etc).
Meetings: none scheduled, optional consultations with instructor; online course
Book required: The Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer, Stephanie Cohen and Nancy Ondra, Storey Publ., softcover. (available from bookstores and online).
What It’s About:
Knowing perennial flower is only the beginning. Knowing how to combine perennials and do so well (or at least pleasing to you and sustainably so they will last with the least care) is the main objective of this online course. This may seem intimidating with all the thousands of choices blooming at all different times of the season, but this design process really is fun, and there are many options you’ll be exposed to in this course. Keep in mind gardens change with time, and are ongoing projects subject to change with plant growth and your desires, so don’t worry about getting it “right” the first time. There really is no right, just many options that will work well, just with different results.
How It Works:
Prior knowledge of perennials, either from experience or other courses, is not required but is useful. Whether you have this prior knowledge or not, a good photo book or more on perennials, or some catalogs, may prove useful in addition to the plants from the course book. The internet too is a great resource. My website (perrysperennials.info) may be a good starting point for plants, articles, and links to useful sites.
Grades will be determined on a 10 point standard scale, ie 90-100=A, 80-89=B, etc. Within each letter, grades will be split, such as 90-92=A-, 93-97=A, 98-100=A+. Quizzes will be taken online (open book), with automatic grading (once your quiz is submitted you'll get the score and this will be your grade), and the design plan will be graded manually as shown below.
Quizzes (3, 100 points each) 300 points
Plan considerations 100 points
Appropriate plants for use, site 100 points
Plan (plant placement, design) 300 points
TOTAL 800 points
"It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need a college. He can learn them from books. The value of an education ... is not learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks."-- Albert Einstein