Welcome to the Horticulture Department at Clemson University
a small flower icon Horticulture 101 (HORT 101)

Course instructor:    Dr. Judith Caldwell
Office:                          173 Poole Agricultural Center
Office Phone:             (864) 656-4952
FAX:                             (864) 656-4960
e-mail:                          jcldwll@Clemson.edu

Point Values 
6 Quizzes (20 points each)
Assignments, in-class activities
Comprehensive Final Exam

Quizzes will be given the first 15 to 20 minutes of class.   No extra time will be given for late arrivals.


Class attendance is expected. If you choose not to attend, it is your responsibility to obtain any class notes and/or assignments you may have missed from your classmates.  You will not receive credit for inclass excercises completed on days you choose not to attend.  If you have a medical or family emergency or legitimate conflict (a field trip for example) and cannot attend class, please let me know as far in advance as possible.  Alternative arrangements will be made for documented absences.

Tests If you must miss a quiz or a test, so not expect a make-up quiz/test unless you have made advanced arrangements with me or have a physician confirmed medical excuse (this must include a statement that your condition would not permit you to attend class for the quiz/test).


The class guide is intended to make note taking easier and more complete.  It does not include all the material and information you will need for tests.  It can be purchased at the campus bookstore.

OPTIONAL TEXTBOOK--You are not required to purchase the textbook for this class, but the reading and illustrations may improve your learning.  Copies are available at the bookstore.

The Biology of Horticulture An Introductory Textbook by John E. Preece and Paul E. Read (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).  Other textbooks that may be helpful are listed below.  These are excellent books to supplement your notes.

Plant Science by John A. Barden, et al.  New York:  McGraw-Hill Book Company.  1987

Horticulture by R. Gordon Halfacre and John A. Barden.  New York:  McGraw Hill Book Company. 1979.

Student Objectives:

During the semester and upon completion of this course you should be able to:
  • Define horticulture, list and describe the basic areas of horticulture, and outline the different branches of horticulture.
  • Explain the relationship between horiculture and other fields of study, including agriculture as well as your own field of study.
  • Explain the importance of horticulture to society and quality of life.
  • Describe career and personal opportunities provided through horticulture.
  • Use your basic horticultural vocabulary in questions, answers, descriptions definitions, and identifications.
  • Identify major horticultural plants/crops and describe distinguishing characteristics and/or cultural requirements of specific crops.
  • Describe the general response of plants to major environmental variables.
  • Give examples of practices/techniques commonly used in horticulture to produce a desired response in plants.  Explain how and why the practice/ techniques yield the desired responses.
  • Use your acquired knowledge to solve basic/common horticultural problems.

Course Content:

  • An introduction to horticulture--what it is, who's involved, what they do, and where it's going.
  • The significance of horticulture--to society and you.
  • The language of horticulture--building a basic horticulture vocabulary.
  • The plant of horticulture--what they are, what we do with them and what they do for us.
  • The principles of horticulture--why plants do what they do and how to make them do what you want them to do. 

The mission of Clemson University's Department of Horticulture is to promote personal and professional growth through the discovery, communication, and application of horticultural experiences, knowledge, and scholarship. Our work fosters environmental stewardship while improving economic wellbeing, health, and quality of life for all.

Designed by Sarah Matzko Horticulture Department
College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences
Information: 864-656-6355 FAX: 864-656-4960

Department of Horticulture
E-143 Poole Agricultural Center
Box 340319
(Street Address: 50 Cherry Rd.)
Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina 29634-0319

Linda D. Alexander, Department Webmaster ( lalxndr@clemson.edu)