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John Black

Environmental Horticulture Instructor

Biological and Health Sciences Division

Environmental Horticulture


Foothill campus
Office Hours:
WF 2-5 p.m.


HORT 40: TTh 2-4:50 p.m.

Course information:

HORT 40 is an introductory survey of the basic principles of design communication, landscape graphics, and design process. The course explores graphic mediums and tools, graphic vocabulary, graphic skills, reprographic techniques, plan reading, and presentation skill development, culminating in the application of lines, symbols, and lettering to create typical landscape drawings.


Social equity and environmental justice. Residential landscape design. Sourdough bread baking. Parenthood.


John Black is an award-winning landscape architect and the principal of Verdance Design Group in Palo Alto, CA. An alumnus of Foothill College, John also holds bachelors and masters degrees from Stanford University, and graduated with distinction from the Landscape Architecture program at UC Berkeley Extension. He is certified by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, where he serves on the national Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. In 2021 John will serve as President of APLD's Bay Area District.

Personal Quote:

"The point of the journey is not to arrive." - Neil Peart

Last update: 2020-09-25
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