Course Syllabus

Course description

Advanced plant propagation techniques, emphasizing native plants, propagation for restoration projects, and unique problems associated with providing appropriate plant material for restoration or conservation purposes. Emphasizes greenhouse and fieldwork, and includes lectures, field trips, and a class project. Recommended: ESRM 411, which may be taken concurrently.


Professor: Dr. Jon Bakker
Office: Room 036, Merrill Hall, Center for Urban Horticulture
Phone: 206-221-3864
Office Hours: Please make an appointment via email

TA: Derek Allen
Office Hours: Please make an appointment via email 

Course Goals

The goals of this course are that:

  1. Students will recognize and appreciate the many facets of the plant production process.
  2. Students will develop skills necessary to set up and operate a low-cost native plant production system.  Nursery and greenhouse skills and techniques will be discussed and practiced.
  3. Students will become familiar with information resources about native plant propagation 

Course Structure

This course has been flipped: readings and notes must be studied ahead of time, allowing class time to build directly on them by focusing on activities in the greenhouse or nursery.  We meet on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4:20 pm.  There is a required field trip on May 23 from noon to 7 pm.

Course Webpage

The course website will be updated as necessary. Paper copies are soon out of date!

Course Text and Other Resources

There is one required text:

Dumroese, R.K., T. Luna, and T.D. Landis (editors). 2008. Nursery manual for native plants: a guide for tribal nurseries. Agriculture Handbook 730. USDA Forest Service, Washington, DC. 302 p. Online at  Some hard copies are available on reserve in the Miller Library.

We will also use articles from the primary literature. A list of additional recommended resources is available here.

Grading / Assessment

Since students learn in a variety of ways, we use a variety of assessment techniques:

  • Quizzes - 20%
  • Worksheets and Lab Reports - 25%
  • Plant Propagation Protocols (3) - 25%
  • Practical Experience - 20%
  • Final exam - 10%

Grades will be posted in Canvas.  Grading uses the standard grading scale available here.

Quizzes: We will begin each class with a short quiz to assess understanding of the assigned notes and readings.  Canvas provides a discussion board and chat window that are available for you to discuss concepts from the readings (and other course-related items).

Worksheets and Lab Reports: Students will periodically be responsible to complete a worksheet at the end of the lab or to prepare a report in which they respond to questions that integrate lab activities with the theory discussed in the readings and notes. Worksheets can be filled out by hand and are due at the end of class period. Reports should be typed out and submitted in Canvas.  Lab reports are generally due by 8 am on the following Monday so that we can grade and return them during the next class. Late reports will be penalized ten percent per day.

Plant Propagation Protocols: Each student will develop propagation protocols for three species of their choice. Protocol details are available hereLate protocols will be penalized ten percent per day.

Practical Experience: Conduct a research trial or volunteer for at least 10 hours with one or more individuals working on various tasks relevant to native plant production.  Prepare a report summarizing your activities and reflecting upon them.  More details here.

Final Exam: The final exam is scheduled for Monday, June 4, from 6:30 to 8:20 pm. It will cover the entire course, including readings.  The format is still being finalized.

Course Policies

Academic Integrity—Plagiarism, cheating, and other misconduct are serious violations of your contract as a student. We expect that you will know and follow the University's policies on cheating and plagiarism. Any suspected cases of academic misconduct will be handled according to University regulations. More information, including definitions and examples, can be found here.

Disability Accommodations—To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, (206)543-8924 (V/TTY). If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating that you have a disability which requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to the instructor so we can discuss the accommodations needed for this class.

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