LADE402 – Plants and Planting Design

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Module code
Module title
Plants and Planting Design
To develop student's knowledge of the science of plants growing requirements, the identification of common New Zealand garden plants, and the use of design principles to create a planting plan within a garden setting.
  • SX1703
NZQA Level
Level 4
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Based
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
To develop and apply knowledge of components and processes of plant science in relation to plant growth and health.
Classify plants to suit specific roles and specific sites in the landscape.
Interpret the principles of design in a planting situation, and produce technical planting plans with schedules and care instructions for relevant parties.
Provide instruction and supervise plant set out and planting to a specific design.

-Plant health requirements, soil properties, common NZ garden pests and diseases, signs and symptoms
-Identification of 15 common NZ garden pests and diseases and their control, sustainable practices, Health and Safety codes of practice.
-Plant care and maintenance, pruning for health, shape and care. Plant uses in gardens.
-Specific site characteristics, effects on plant performance.
-Plant identification of at least 150 common New Zealand garden plants their climatic zones, environmental and cultural care, combinations and effects, and growth, development and maintenance regimes.
-Plants; design process and planting plans, schedules, styles and themes, , sustainability, set out, choices, growth habits, plan specifications, spacings and placement.
-Instruction and supervision techniques.
-Planting techniques, soil preparation, hole size, soil amendments, plant placement, teasing roots, staking, backfilling, compaction, watering.
-Plant maintenance, basic skill in identifying issues and treatments, pruning for shape and health.
-Professional practice attributes: sustainable practices; professional and ethical behaviour; teamwork; accurate record-keeping.

Teaching and Learning Strategy
Teaching and learning methods will be face to face delivery including workshops, project based interactive tasks, with group sessions, tutorials, and creation of portfolios of evidence.
Assessment Criteria
Portfolio of Evidence 100
The weight of the overall assessment is equally distributed across learning outcomes.
The portfolio of evidence will demonstrate the achievement of the required knowledge, competencies and capabilities across all learning outcomes.
Learning and Teaching Resource
Plant Identification tutorial notes, exercises and readings
Moodle Site