Fee-Based Classes

Explanation of course numbering:

  • LH-001 – LH-199 – Degree Applicable, Transferable Courses*.
  • LH-200 – LH-249 – Degree Applicable, Non-Transferable Courses.
  • LH-500 – LH-599 – Non-Credit Courses.
  • LH-800 – LH-899 – Non-Credit, Fee-Based Classes.

*Most courses are transferable to CSU, some to UC. Always check with the college to which you intend to apply.

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LH-800 to LH-899: Non-Credit, Fee-Based Courses

S=spring semester; F=fall semester; M=summer semester; **=may be offered in future.

LH-800 (F)
AESTHETIC PRUNING AS A CAREER– 0 UNITS
First in our Aesthetic pruning series. An introduction to aesthetic pruning of ornamental trees to achieve a desired result including problem solving and enhancement of natural attributes. There will also be a brief discussion of the business of pruning.

LH-801 (S)
THE ART OF PRUNING DECIDUOUS TREES & SHRUBS – 0 UNITS
This is a lecture course, which covers in depth the study on the art of pruning deciduous trees. Topics such as dormant pruning of deciduous trees, pruning containerized trees and shrubs and techniques to improve the winter silhouette will be discussed. This course is intended for students of all levels of pruning expertise.

**LH-802
CONTINENTAL FLORAL DESIGN – 0 UNITS
This course focuses on the current design styles and trends and techniques being practiced in Europe. Students will create designs using floral material they provide.

LH-803 (S)
FINDING THE ESSENCE OF A TREE – 0 UNITS
This class will cover: The identification of different tree forms such as slant, formal upright, windswept, clump, and other techniques will be taught as to the pruning of these various forms. Special emphasis will be given to unique characteristics of selected trees. Students will learn pruning methods to enhance these characteristics.

LH-804 (S)
PRUNING FLOWERING TREES & SHRUBS – 0 UNITS
This class will cover: The pruning, styling and caring of most of the flowering trees and shrubs found in East Bay gardens. Topics will include when to prune, selection of tree forms, fertilization and problem solving. This course is intended for student of all levels of pruning expertise.

LH-805 (F)
ROCK PLACEMENT IN THE LANDSCAPE – 0 UNITS
Theory and practice of placing rocks in the landscape: Includes tools and equipment used to place rocks.

**LH-806
BASIC GARDENING FOR HOMEOWNERS – 0 UNITS
Learn to avoid the butchered look from improper pruning. Learn how to water, fertilize and plant properly.

**LH-807
DRIP IRRIGATION – 0 UNITS
A one-day intensive class on the materials and methods of drip irrigation.

LH-808 (F)
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY DECORATIONS – 0 UNITS
Create your own Holiday wreaths and decorations.

LH-810 (S)
PRUNING MAPLES – 0 UNITS
This is a lecture course, which covers in depth the techniques needed to prune maple trees. Topics such as seasonal pruning of maples, proper care, trouble, analysis, winter silhouette and form enhancement will be discussed. This course is intended for students of all levels of pruning expertise.

LH-811A (S)
PRUNING PINES – 0 UNITS
Basic techniques of pruning ornamental pine trees, including styling, design and proper care.

**LH-811B (S)
ADVANCED PINE PRUNING – 0 UNITS
This is a lecture course, which covers in depth the techniques needed to prune ornamental pine trees. Topics such as professional pruning of pines, proper care and problem solving and form enhancement will be discussed. This course is intended for students of all levels of pruning expertise.

LH-812 (F)
ART OF THE FOCAL POINT TREE – 0 UNITS
This course is a lecture course, which covers in depth the techniques needed to prune the focal point tree. Topics such as tree form, location, detail pruning and special care of the focal point tree will be discussed. This course is intended for students of all levels of pruning expertise.

LH-815 (F)
PRUNING FOR THE BIG PICTURE – 0 UNITS
This is a lecture course, which covers in depth the study on pruning for the big picture. Topics such as general pruning, detail pruning, depth of field, height, width, direction and relative importance of various trees and shrubs within a garden will be discussed. This course is intended for students of all levels of pruning expertise.

LH-816 (F)
PRUNING CONTAINER TREES & SHRUBS – 0 UNITS
This is a lecture course, which covers in depth the study on pruning container trees and shrubs. Topics such as detail pruning, miniaturizing, caring, wiring and positioning will be discussed. This course is intended for students of all levels of pruning expertise.

LH-817 (F)
PRUNING JAPANESE GARDENS – 0 UNITS
This is a lecture course, which will cover the basics of pruning plants found in a Japanese garden. Topics such as pruning specific types of plants, creating moods and feeling through pruning, and problem solving will be discussed. This course is intended for students of all levels of pruning expertise.

LH-818 (F)
PRUNING CONIFERS – 0 UNITS
This is a lecture course that covers the pruning of ornamental conifers. Topics such as seasonal pruning, restoring and styling of conifers will be discussed. This course is intended for students of all levels of pruning expertise.

LH-819 (F)
TREE & SHRUB REDUCTION – 0 UNITS
This is a lecture course that covers the pruning techniques needed to massively reduce trees and shrubs. Topics such as proper season, form reconstruction, and plan of approach will be discussed. This course is intended for students of all levels of pruning expertise.

LH-820
IKEBANA – 0 UNITS
An overview, understanding and appreciation of Japanese style flower arrangement, with emphasis of design, experimentation, technique, developing a discerning eye, creativity, esthetic pruning, and manipulative ability.

LH-823 (F)
AESTHETIC PRUNING AS A CAREER – 0 UNITS
This course is a lecture course which covers the business aspects of the aesthetic pruning field. Topics such as customer relationship; fee structure, work schedule, equipment and long-term goals will be discussed. This course is intended for students of all level of pruning expertise.

LH-825
INTRODUCTION TO FLORAL DESIGN – 0 UNITS
This course includes identification of western designs, theory, and trends. Practical application designing a western line, triangle, crescent, vertical, Hogarth curve, horizontal, pointed oval, and “L” arrangements.

LH-826
CLASSICAL WESTERN DESIGN – 0 UNITS
This course includes identification of materials, basic design styles, theory, and trends. Practical application designing corsages, round, asymmetrical, equilateral triangle, hairpieces, bud vases, and rose arrangements.

LH-831 (S)
PRUNING CALIFORNIA NATIVE TREES & SHRUBS – 0 UNITS
Introduction to California Mediterranean climate woody plants:
Basic pruning procedures, structuring plants, recognizing forms of specific species and how their habit should drive the way we prune, pruning timing, and interweaving artistic concepts for achieving best results for health of the plant and clients.

LH-834
CREATIVE CELEBRATIONS – PARTY WORK – 0 UNITS
Creative ways of decorating for celebrations: Planning, executing and setup.

LH-836
ADVANCED GARDENING FOR HOMEOWNERS – 0 UNITS
Garden maintenance topics including basic lawn care, tools, composting, some popular plants, container gardens and some basic design ideas.

LH-838
CREATIVE CENTERPIECES – 0 UNITS
Creating inspired centerpieces, from formal to casual, simple to extravagant: Seven different styles covered include round, horizontal, composite, pedestal, contemporary, vegetative, and classical arrangements; arrangements created using flowers brought by the student.

LH-839 (S)
INTRODUCTION TO BONSAI – 0 UNITS
History and discussion of bonsai as an art and science, including an introduction to the five basic bonsai styles, branch placement of trees, scale or proportion, use of wire for training, pruning methods. transplanting, seasonal care and a discussion of a wide range of plant materials. Students will make a bonsai using knowledge gained.

**LH-839B
INTERMEDIATE BONSAI – 0 UNITS
More advanced styles, wiring, pruning and branch placement techniques in bonsai.

LH-840
WEDDING BOUQUETS I – 0 UNITS
Design a round, cascade, crescent and arm bouquet. Design technique and identification of materials.

LH-842
WEDDING BOUQUETS II – 0 UNITS
Wedding bouquet design techniques and identification of materials: Construction of a basket, pomander ball, hand-tied bouquet, and wreath bouquet using fresh flowers.

LH-848PA (S)
PRUNING DECIDUOUS FRUIT TREES – 0 UNITS
Pruning of the majority of deciduous fruit trees grown in the Bay Area.

LH-881 (S)
THE ART OF WISTERIA – 0 UNITS
Culture and history of wisteria: Identification and discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of the different species of wisteria, and explanation of the growth and training methods to provide optimal flowering.

LH-887
WEDDING DECORATIONS – 0 UNITS
This class presents an overview of the basic decorative elements for wedding celebrations. Labs include decorating an arch, candelabra, pew, buffet table, guest table and cake table.

LH-891 (S)
THE ART OF THE LACE-LEAF MAPLE – 0 UNITS
Culture and history of lace leaf Japanese maples: Visual presentation of various cultivars and their use in the landscape; emphasis on placement, care and training to enhance the tree’s character.

LH-899 (M)
LANDSCAPE SKETCHING IN THE FIELD – 0 UNITS
Weekly field trips to sketch Bay Area landscapes: basic drawing techniques; observing and recording landscape form and meaning; group drawing critiques and discussions.

Note: Although the following course requires admission to the college, it is designed for anyone interested in acquiring/improving gardening skills.

See all academic courses.

LH-500 – LH-599 – Non-Credit Courses

LH-501
URBAN COMMUNITY GARDENING – 0 UNITS
Fills a community need for education in planning, developing, implementing, constructing and maintaining Urban Community Gardens. This course is intended to provide vocational and occupational training for community members.

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