Course code PHG215

PHG215 Landscape Plants - Establishment and Maintenance

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Course responsible: Jorun Hovind
Teachers: Sally O'Halloran, Ingjerd Solfjeld, Line Rosef
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in  Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/assessment in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annualy
First time: Study year 2008-2009
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Establishment and maintenance of vegetation in different types of green areas. Establishment and maintenance of trees, shrubs, roses, perennials, bulbs, annuals and different types of grass areas. Production of landscape plants. Plant adaption to the climate. Quality control at delivery of plants and maintenance, Norwegian standard for nursery products NS 4400:2018, Norwegian standard for  operation and maintenance of parks and gardens NS 3420-ZK:2019. Ecological assessment by norwegian and alien species. Practical review in the landscape laboratory related to plant quality, genetic variation, growth, winter damage, establishment and maintenance.
Learning outcome:


The student must have knowledge of

  • how landscape plants grow, the most important environmental factors that control the growth cycle in northern areas, as well as the common winter damage and abiotic damage to woody plants
  • the most common propagation methods for different types of plants
  • plant quality and sizing for trees, shrubs and perennials
  • environmentally and climate-friendly establishment and maintenance, which work tasks are included in  maintenance, different methods for the usual types of  maintenance, and the design of  maintenance plans
  • regulations on alien organisms, the alien species list for the species database and the risk of spread


The student must be able to

  • make professional choices to descriptions for ordering plants and soil
  • quality-assure descriptions and perform reception control of plants and soil
  • select quality level for descriptions according to NS3420ZK for ordering establishment maintenance and maintenance
  • assess growth and development and perform quality control of establishment and management
  • make an environmental risk assessment of plants for green areas

General competence

The student must have a basis for being able to

  • participate in professional discussions on issues related to environmentally and climate-friendly establishment and  maintenance of green areas
  • consider the most important prerequisites for achieving successful establishment and  maintenance
  • assess which plant qualities and sizes are most appropriate in different types of outdoor spaces
  • assess which quality class for care is most appropriate for different plants and vegetation in different types of outdoor spaces
  • assess whether plans and descriptions have taken sufficient account of  maintenance, so that the plant can be developed according to the intention both in the short and long term
Learning activities:
The course is built around lectures, practical reviews in the landscape laboratory and problem solving.
Teaching support:
Some guidance is given in connection with submissions.
Literature overview will be available at the start of the course. The syllabus will also include material and lectures / presentations that are added continuously on Canvas. There will be both Norwegian and English syllabus literature.
PHG113, PHG213 and JORD160 or equivalent.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
It is mandatory to participate in practical reviews in the landscape laboratory.

Folder assessment consisting of:

  • 3 written assignments / tests distributed throughout the semester
  • 1 assignment to be delivered and presented to fellow students and teachers

All assignments must be submitted and passed to get the folder and grade in the course approved.

Parts of the folder that have been approved cannot be expected to be approved in later years.

Nominal workload:
250 hours
Entrance requirements:
GSK, General study competence
Type of course:
Lectures and supervision up to 45 hours, practical reviews in the landscape laboratory up to 20 hours.
The course is under development and there may be changes along the way in parallel.

An external examiner evaluates the actual scheme for assessment of the students in the course.

An external examiner may also participate in the censorship of one or more assessment elements.

Examination details: Portfolio: Letter grades