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-250 – LH-299 – Non-Degree, 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

LH-800
AESTHETIC PRUNING – 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
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
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
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
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
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY DECORATIONS – 0 UNITS
Create your own Holiday wreaths and decorations.

LH-810
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
PRUNING PINES – 0 UNITS
Basic techniques of pruning ornamental pine trees, including styling, design and proper care.

LH-811B
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
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
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
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
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
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
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-821
ADVANCED HOLIDAY DECORATIONS – 0 UNITS
Learn how to make a festive wall hanging arrangement, mantle decoration and table centerpiece. Bring floral shears, wire cutters and fabric shears, plus any decorative accessories (ornaments, candles, dried pomegranates, etc.,) that you would like to include.

LH-823
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-824
ORNAMENTAL GRASSES – 0 UNITS
A brief overview of ornamental grasses for use in landscaping. Explore how ornamental grasses can be used effectively as both a lawn substitute as well as on their own. Identification and cultural conditions will be stressed. Identification and culture of ornamental grasses for use in the landscape.

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-830
THE BUSINESS OF LANDSCAPING – 0 UNITS
A brief overview of types of businesses, legal requirements (licenses, taxes), record keeping, employer/employee issues and other basic information needed to set up a landscaping business.

LH-833 ORCHIDS IN THE HOME – 0 UNITS
Care and culture of Cattleya, Phalaenopsis and Paphiopedium orchids including information on proper light, fertilization, temperature requirements and repotting.

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-837
CYMBIDIUM CULTURE & CARE – 0 UNITS
Make your Cymbidium orchids flourish: Fertilization, temperature requirements and growing media. Demonstration and practical experience in division and repotting. Bring one plant with you for practice; additional plants will be available for purchase. Supplies to pot a one-gallon division included.

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
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-843
GARDENING WITH CHILDREN – 0 UNITS
Garden projects that can be done with children: Gardening at home and at school, year-round gardening projects, available books and funding sources for gardening projects, and in-class projects to take home for use with children.

LH-848OY
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-848OZ
JAPANESE GARDEN DESIGN – 0 UNITS
Workshop on how to use the Bay Area’s architecture to create more than just “Japanese-style” gardens, but nature-inspired garden spaces. The class covers everything from paths to plantings, from stonework to stream and pond construction.

LH-849
HORTICULTURAL THERAPY – 0 UNITS
Exploration of horticultural therapy programs and projects that encompass the needs of specific groups of people.

LH-855
INTRODUCTION TO WEDDING WORK – 0 UNITS
An overview of floral decorations and trade practices used in the wedding industry. Discussed are responsibilities of the florist, bouquet styles, etiquette, and customs.

LH-856
GROWING ROSES – 0 UNITS
Selection, planting, pruning and care of roses. Exploration of the rose varieties from the Old Garden Roses through Modern Roses. Design of rose gardens.

LH-881
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-885
FROM GARDEN TO TABLE – 0 UNITS
Introduction to seasonal fruits, vegetables, and cultural varieties available from one’s own garden, supermarket, specialty store, or local farmer’s market: “Certified organic” standards, shopping at nearby markets, and demonstration of 3-4 recipes using fresh seasonal ingredients to create simple dishes.

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.

Note: Although the following courses require admission to the college, they are designed for anyone interested in acquiring/improving gardening skills.

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LH-250 – LH-299 – Non-Degree Applicable, Non-Transferable Courses

LH-250
BASIC GARDENING SKILLS / FALL – 1 UNIT
Class will cover: Plant identification, pruning, plant problems, fertilization, planting, transplanting, plant propagation, soils and plant nutrition, landscape construction, irrigation installation and maintenance, small engine maintenance and repair, tool handling, safety, and turf grass maintenance with an emphasis on garden management practices.

LH-251
BASIC GARDENING SKILLS / SPRING – 1 UNIT
Class will cover: Plant identification, pruning, plant problems, fertilization, planting, transplanting, plant propagation, soils and plant nutrition, landscape construction, irrigation installation and maintenance, small engine maintenance and repair, tool handling, safety, and turf grass maintenance with an emphasis on garden management practices.

LH-252
BASIC GARDENING SKILLS / SUMMER – 1 UNIT
Class will cover: Plant identification, pruning, plant problems, fertilization, planting, transplanting, plant propagation, soils and plant nutrition, landscape construction, irrigation installation and maintenance, small engine maintenance and repair, tool handling, safety, and turf grass maintenance with an emphasis on garden management practices.

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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