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SRL732 - Plants, Design and Ecologies

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

David Jones





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Contact hours:

Campus: 6 x 1 day class/seminars (6 hours per day).

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


SRL732 considers the role of plants and plant material in landscape design and landscape architecture. The thrust of this unit is upon planting design, and learning about plants and their applications and possibilities as a design medium. Planting design is the art and process of designing and creating plans for layout and planting of public domain areas, gardens, and landscapes.

This unit explores and reviews the realm of plant science and natural ecology as it pertains principally to the profession of landscape architecture. Part of the unit seeks to explore nomenclature, plant habitat and needs and plants generally in terms of their scientific and taxonomic use, language and peculiarities. A second part nurtures an individual appreciation and palette of plant materials pertinent to the practice of planting design. A third part explores fundamental concepts of ecological science including systems, scientific communities, the role of soils and geology, the links between plants and wildlife, and the food and medicinal properties of plants whether European, scientific and or Indigenous. A fourth part examines two select ecosystem types, for example coastal and riverine, as case studies in indigenous plant and ecological systems and the manner in which such systems have been appropriated and used in landscape architecture design, ecological restoration, rehabilitation, planning and or management projects as well as their despoliation, misuse, dilution by exotics and noxious species, fragmentation of corridors and patches, and the impact of human-driven land development activities. Lastly, the unit considers the use of plants as a medium in design culminating in a planting design exercise.


Backyard planting design 10%, plant book 30%, site analysis 20%, planting design 30%, planting design oral presentation 10%

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