Continuing and Distance Education 
  Spring 2016

PSS123 Herbaceous Garden Plants

Dr. Leonard P. Perry, Extension Professor
Dept. Plant and Soil Science, 212 Jeffords, UVM, Burlington VT 05405
656-2630 (main office, real people during the day) (best, quickest response)

Two (2) credits

Due Dates: (midnight at the end of these days)

Wed. Feb. 3-- Exercise 1 Question & Answer

Wed. Feb. 10-- Exercise 2 Resources 

Wed. Mar. 2-- Exercise 3 Word Search

Fri. Apr. 29-- ID final 

Wed. May 4-- Exercise 5 New Plants

Mon. May 9-- All other assignments (including tests, and exercise 4 Math Problems)

Tests and assignments may be turned in any time prior to the due dates.  Any submissions after these dates will have points deducted for lateness, or not be accepted, at the discretion of the instructor. Plan for the unexpected (illness, computer crash, sick cat, etc). 

meetings: none, completely online, at student's own pace and timing

texts: none, all online


1. learn some basics of botany, design, culture, and pests and problems as they apply to garden flowers

2. learn to recognize some of the more common (about 200) garden flowers and foliage plants you may see or use in your own landscapes

Whether you are looking to become a green industry professional, or just grow plants at home, this course provides the basics of design, plant care, and plant problems along with a foundation palette of plants.


How it works:

This course has two parts: text notes and plant information.  The 32 lectures are grouped into modules on botany, design, culture, and pests and problems as they relate to flower and foliage garden plants. These include annuals, perennials, and other groups such as aquatic plants, ornamental grasses, roses, even tender tropical "perennials". Quizzes, plant identification quizzes, and seven exercises to help reinforce and provide additional information, are taken on-line (on Blackboard). They are open book, designed to test and reinforce your familiarity with and ability to use the extensive content, and to reinforce key plants, plant features and topics.   Email contact between professor and students is used as needed and to share information, and to provide course website login details to registered students at the beginning of the semester. The syllabus on Blackboard, AND the tips, will serve as your contract for the course and should be read thoroughly.   Students are expected to follow the UVM Code of Academic Integrity (

Access: Blackboard (your UVM passwords) for syllabus, tests, exercises, links to notes

Lecture Notes NOT on Blackboard (access directly here with passwords sent by email, and found on the Blackboard site)


(2000 maximum for course, grades determined on standard 10 point scale ie 90-100=A, 80-89=B, etc. with for example 80-82=B-, 83-86=B, 87-89=B+)
content quizzes (7) 700 points
ID quizzes (4) 400 points
Final 300 points
Final ID 200 points
Exercises (5) 400 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

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." --John Dewey

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