To strengthen students' ability to solve landscape problems creatively while working in group settings, faculty members in the landscape contracting program at The Pennsylvania State Univ. incorporated experiential learning through the construction of on-campus landscape projects between 1992 and 1994. Collaborative student groups developed landscape plans and built the projects. Partnering with other university units resulted in benefits essential to completion of the projects. Student evaluations were shared between the instructor and the students. The success of these projects has led to plarming future experiential projects.
Dan T. Stearns
Holly L. Scoggins
specific to a horticulture curriculum ( Basinger et al., 2009 ). The Delphi study rated “plant identification” as one of the most important competencies. Gardens also give instructors a venue for creating and executing hands-on projects. Landscape
Erin M. Silva and Geraldine Muller
the United States, argued that experience and hands-on projects were essential to ensure successful learning outcomes ( Giles and Eyler, 1994 ). Similarly, Liberty Hyde Bailey, the founding dean of the College of Agriculture at Cornell University
Baldev Lamba and Grace Chapman
contractor to build this design. Presentation materials that can be used for publications, design portfolios, and potential award submissions were also prepared by the students. Conclusions Undertaking a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and hands-on project