Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus, Spring 2014, ORH 3815/5817C

Contact Info

Course Instructor
Dr. Sandy Wilson
Office: #139 IRREC, North Wing
Phone: 772-468-3922 ext. 107

Indian River Research
and Education Center

2199 South Rock Rd.
Fort Pierce, FL 34945
Phone: 772-468-3922
Fax: 772-467-3083
Lab Assistant
Ms. Judy Gersony, ext 131

Research Assistant
Ms. Keona Muller, ext. 132

Course website:

e-Learning Support Services:


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Course Description

This is an upper-division environmental horticulture course designed to encourage students to have an interest, understanding, and appreciation of Florida's native flora.

Weekly lectures will cover plant nomenclature, effective utilization, and design elements of plants native to Florida.

Weekly lab exercises will cover underutilized native plant material for landscapes, nursery production of native plants, incorporation of native plants into botanical gardens, and native landscape design.


ORH 1520 or ORH 3513 (suggested)

Course Textbooks

Nelson, G. 2003. Florida's Best Native Landscape Plants. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Osorio, R. 2001. A Gardener's Guide to Florida's Native Plants. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

*There also will be supplemental reading material available online.

Class Meeting Time and Location

Wednesday (3:00 pm-6:00 pm)

IRREC classroom #126

Students will also be encouraged to attend occasional field trips to native nurseries and/or botanical gardens.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to

  1. identify 75+ species that are native to Florida and used in landscapes
  2. understand their aesthetic and functional values and how they can be better incorporated into landscapes
  3. botanically profile underutilized natives using learned taxonomic descriptions, species distinctions among shared genera, herbarium sampling, and photography
  4. associate original plant ecosystems with selection, use, establishment and maintenance of natives in modified landscapes
  5. understand the ecological impacts of introduced invasive species on native plant populations

Useful Book References

Attendance and Participation

Students are expected to attend and participate in class. If you miss class, you are responsible for all material covered during lecture. Participation may be a deciding factor in determining borderline grades. A total of 10% will be deducted each day an assignment is late.

Student Evaluation

Grades will be based on performance in lecture and lab.

  • Lecture
  • Student project.............15%
  • Mid-term exam..............25%
  • Final exam....................25%

  • Lab
  • 5 quizzes (10 points each)........25%
  • Final lab cumulative exam.........10%

Grading Policy

    Final grades will be based on the following scale:

  • 94-100% A
  • 90-93% A-
  • 87-89% B+
  • 83-86% B
  • 80-82% B-
  • 77-79% C+
  • 73-76% C
  • 70-72% C-
  • 67-69% D+
  • 63-66% D
  • 60-62% D-
  • ≤59% E

Academic Honesty

In 1995 the UF student body enacted an honor code and voluntarily committed itself to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. When students enroll at the University, they commit themselves to the standard drafted and enacted by students.

In adopting this Honor Code, the students of the University of Florida recognize that academic honesty and integrity are fundamental values of the University community. Students who enroll at the University commit to holding themselves and their peers to the high standard of honor required by the Honor Code. Any individual who becomes aware of a viola-tion of the Honor Code is bound by honor to take corrective action. Student and faculty support are crucial to the success of the Honor Code. The quality of a University of Florida education is dependent upon the community acceptance and enforcement of the Honor Code.

The Honor Pledge: We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity by abiding by the Honor Code.

On all work submitted for credit by students at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or im-plied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." (source: 2011-2012 UF Undergraduate Catalog

It is to be assumed all work will be completed independently unless the assignment is defined as group project, in writing by the professor. This policy will be vigorously upheld at all times in this course.

Software Use

All faculty, staff, and students of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.

Online Course Evaluation Process

Student assessment of instruction is an important part of efforts to improve teaching and learning. At the end of the semester, students will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the quality of instruction in this course using a standard set of university and college criteria. These evaluations are conducted online at

Evaluations are typically open for students to complete during the last two or three weeks of the semester; students will be notified of the specific times when they are open. It is expected that you will contribute your feedback for this course and the others in which you are enrolled this term. Summary results of these assessments are available to students at

Campus Helping Resources

Students experiencing crisis or personal problems that interfere with their general wellbeing are encouraged to utilize the university’s counseling resources. The Counseling & Wellness Center provides confidential counseling services at no cost for currently enrolled students. Resources are available for students having personal problems or lacking clear ca-reer and academic goals, which interfere with their academic performance.

  • University Counseling and Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, Gainesville, (352)392-1575,
  • Counseling Services
  • Groups and Workshops
  • Outreach and Consultation
  • Self-Help Library
  • Training Programs
  • Community Provider Database

  • The Career Resource Center, First Floor J. Wayne Reitz Union, Gainesville, (352) 392-1601

Students with Disabilities

The Disability Resource Center coordinates the needed accommodations of students with disabilities. This includes the registration of disabilities, academic accommodations within the classroom, accessing special adaptive computer equip-ment, providing interpretation services, and mediating faulty-student disability related issues.

Disability Resource Center, 0001 Reid Hall, Gainesville, (352) 392-8565,