HORT 335

HORT 335               FLOWER ARRANGING BYU Idaho Applied Plant Science Department
Benjamin Romney
Office:  STC 310E  tel: (208) 496-4590 email: < romneyb@byui.edu> <romneyb@gmail.com>

Flower Center:  BEN 144&147    tel:  (208)  496-4599  email:  <flowercenter@byui.edu> 3-6pm weekdays

Current Syllabus:

HORT 355 Benjamin Romney

STC 310E                          
208 496-4590                    
mobile: 208 313-4287

Course Information Brother Romney: I have always loved flowers and plants; little did I know when I was just a few years old, that I would end up spending most of my life learning about and sharing them with people all over the world. I think my favorite job ever was delivering flowers in a big city. I loved how people responded (well, most of the time...) to having flowers brought to their door or hospital room. I have sat in a design class on many occasions since, and have enjoyed informing students for much longer than most of you have been mortals. I look forward to the opportunity to help you understand the profession of a florist. This is a global business, with people all over cooperating to provide exciting floral products so we can decorate life events and mark them with potent memories. I hope you will enjoy this adventure into the world of flower arranging.

There will be learning activities designed to introduce you to the world of floral design including the history of floral arranging, the modern floral industry, how the principles and elements of design are incorporated in the floral design, cut flower production, care and handling of cut flowers and flower and foliage forms and identification. In the lab portion of this course you will be learning the techniques and mechanics of beginning level floral design.

Materials and Text Requirement: The Art of Floral Design, by Norah Hunter (3rd edition, Delmar) Tool Kit (knife, clippers, scissors and wire cutters) available through the University Store. Professional floral tools may be preferred, and can be ordered through the Flower Center.

The AIFD Guide to Floral Design is also highly recommended for those studying floral design as a career.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course students will be able to:
Identify and explain cultural, global and historical influences that impact modern floral art.
Identify 50 flowers and foliage types used in the cut flower industry.
Use the principles and elements of design to create fresh floral arrangements.
Demonstrate basic knowledge and skills in corsage construction.
Demonstrate basic knowledge and skills working with permanent flowers.
Explain the harvest and distribution process of cut flowers from grower to final consumer.
Recognize and incorporate their own personal preferences of flowers and styles and explain where those influences came from.

Much of the learning in this class comes through hands on learning and active participation. Therefore, attendance becomes requisite to your success in this class. Approved absences, serious illness, and other life events that may affect your attendance should be brought to my attention. As a rule, there is no make-up of lab learning experiences. Having a bad day, or "not feeling good today," attending a friends "homecoming," etc. are not considered appropriate excuses for missing a class. If something comes up, please discuss with me, but please be responsible.

Lab Experiences
A lab fee will automatically be applied to your student account for this class. That lab fee covers the purchase of fresh flowers and design materials. There will be additional materials required for the final project at the end of the semester that are not included in the lab fee and must be purchased by you. A packet of tools (wire cutter side snip, corsage snips, knife and scissors) is available at the University Store. It should be purchased at the beginning of the semester. They often sell out so please do not procrastinate or you will end up spending quite a bit more to buy them from the Flower Lab.

A lab worksheet accompanying each lab must be completed and turned in on the day of the lab to receive full credit for each lab experience. Completion of the lab sheet, following instructions correctly, and finishing the lab exercise will be the criteria for points earned in lab.

Labs will tentatively include:
Bud vase
Wrapped flowers
Color Harmonies
Corsage and boutonniere construction
Historical Designs
Everlasting designs
Plus a few more fun things along the way

Assignments and Assessments

Flower ID Collection: Each of you will make a collection of the flowers you will learn to identify this semester. For each flower or foliage, create a slide, page, or similar collecting point, depending on the program you use, of 3 - 5 pictures of the flower or foliage. Inclue the botanical name and common name from the Identification list for this semester, plus any information about the flower you would like to include.

Industry Insights - Industry Insights are an opportunity for you to learn more about the floral world. For each insight you will meet with your assigned group outside of class and complete the exercise as a group. Each of you is responsible for studying the information, then sharing and discussing as a group. You then submit your thoughts about the Industry Insight by taking a brief quiz in iLearn. These assignments will give you the opportunity to delve into areas we may not have time to discuss in depth in class or expose you to things you never knew existed. Hopefully your mind will be opened and you will discover a little bit about yourself and those around you as you discover the magical world of flowers!

Reading Assignments: For each reading assignment you will read the assigned chapter and demonstrate your chapter reading by taking a quiz in iLearn.

Identification Quizzes: ID quizzes will be given throughout the semester. Each quiz consists of pictures of various flowers and foliage used in the floral industry. You will be required to know the genus name and common name.

Identification Test: At the end of the semester there will be a final ID test. This test will take place in the lab with real flowers. Questions will include fill in the blank common and botanical names.

Design Principles Test: During the semester you will be required to complete a simple exam to assess your understanding of the Elements of Design, and the Principles that govern these elements.

Post Harvest Physiology, Care and Handling Test: During the semester you will be required to complete a simple exam assessing your understanding of how flowers are grown, how they are harvested, their post harvest physiology, and how to process and care for them to extend their vase life.

Global Floral Industry Test: During the semester you will be required to complete an exam to demonstrate your understanding of the historical and global influence of Floral Design.

How You Will Be Evaluated:
approximate points possible I reserve the right if necessary to alter the total points, or distribute them according to the particular needs of each section of the class
Flower Identification Collection
Industry Insights
Reading Assignments
ID Quizzes
ID Test
Design Principles Test
Post Harvest Physiology, Care and Handling Test
Global Floral Industry Test

Lab Activities
Final Design Project

Total points 1500


Honor Code and ethics: BYU-Idaho standards will be followed in class. Failure to comply with them may be reflected in your grade in the course. One of the major goals at BYU-Idaho is that of providing quality educational opportunities in a rich spiritual environment. To obtain this desired level of spiritual influence, students are asked to observe all points of the Code of Honor including the dress and grooming standards. Let me remind you of the commitment you made to live the Code of Honor: specifically...be honest, refrain from plagiarizing or any other form of cheating; obey all University rules and regulations; help others in fulfilling their responsibilities under the Code of Honor; and comply with the college dress and grooming standards. The dress and grooming standard is fully defined in the BYU-Idaho catalog. The appearance hoped for in dress and grooming is best achieved through the guidelines of modesty and cleanliness. Be modest in your attire and neat and clean in your personal appearance. Conscientious attention to appropriate dress and grooming will enhance your performance in class and contribute to the spiritual environment of BYU-Idaho. I invite your willing participation in this expectation. I reserve the right to reflect your behavior and conduct in the final grade you receive in the class.

Reasonable Accommodation: In compliance with applicable disability law, qualified students with a disability may be entitled to a “reasonable accommodation.” It is the student's responsibility to disclose to the teacher any special need they may have before the end of the first week of class. This course requires a high level of eye-hand coordination, and manual dexterity that cannot be avoided without limiting the learning experience.


Breakdown: 94 – 100% = A 90 - 93 = A- 87 - 89 = B+ 84 - 86% = B 80 - 83% = B- 77 - 79% = C+ 74 - 76% = C 70 - 73% = C- 67 - 69 = D+ 64 - 66% = D 60 - 63% = D- Below 60% = F



Recommended Texts and reading:
Subscribe to a magazine such as "Florists Review" or
"Fusion Flowers"

Sneezing is encouraged while in the Flower Center area. (please close your eyes first--I've heard that your eyes could pop out if you don't)


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