Tiffany Faulstich

Adjunct Instructor - Ornamental Horticulture


  • Ornamental Horticulture

Contact Info:

Office Hours: By Appointment Only




OH-120  Fundamentals of Ornamental Horticulture

Course Links:

Syllabus - OH-120-1521

Course Notes:

3 UNITS 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory

Study of plant structure and function. Topics include basic principles of soil science and fertilizer requirements, and the growth of plants in regard to the environmental factors of water, light and temperature. The lab provides an overview of various skills needed in all fields of ornamental horticulture including pruning, basic equipment operation, fertilizer application, and general nursery skills. CSU



OH-170  Plant Materials: Trees & Shrubs

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OH-170 Syllabus

Course Notes:

Course Description: 170 PLANT MATERIALS: TREES & SHRUBS  3 UNITS 3 hours lecture

Identification, cultural requirements, and landscape uses of ornamental trees and shrubs common to California landscape. CSU, UC


OH-275  Diagnosing Horticultural Problems

Course Links:

Syllabus - OH 275
IPM UC Davis

Course Notes:


Recommended Preparation: “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in OH 120, 130, 170 or equivalent 2 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory

Explores methods for positive identification and understanding of symptoms for accurate diagnosis of plant problems in the landscape and nursery. Biotic and abiotic causal agents including cultural influences, nutrient deficiencies and toxicities, pest and disease problems, soil salinity, aeration, drainage and irrigation problems will be discussed. Control and correction of disorders will be determined through an understanding of the organism or function involved. CSU


OH-290  Cooperative Work Experience

Course Notes:

Course Description 290 COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE EDUCATION 1-4 UNITS 75 hours paid or 60 hours unpaid work experience per unit


Practical application of principles and procedures learned in the classroom to the various phases of horticulture. Work experience will be paid or unpaid at local nurseries and landscape-related companies. Placement assistance will be provided. Two on-campus sessions will be scheduled. Occupational cooperative work experience credit may accrue at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a total of sixteen units, and students must work 75 paid hours or 60 unpaid hours per unit earned. May be taken for a maximum of 12 units. CSU


Important information for all classes

  • Course textbook information from the college bookstore.
  • The class Canvas site will be available on the first day of class
  • Current syllabi will be available on the first day of class
  • Make sure your e-mail address is updated in WebAdvisor. Canvas uses the e-mail address you provide to the college during registration. You can check your WebAdvisor e-mail address using these instructions 
  • Login instructions for Canvas


Helpful Websites

Cuyamaca College Counseling Center

Cuyamaca College Career Services

Jobs in Horticulture

Cal Poly Pomona Plant Science

Cal Poly SLO Horticulture & Crop Science
UC Riverside College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences
UC Davis College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Sustainable Sites Initiative

California Landscape Contractors Association

American Society for Horticultural Science


Professional Information

  • B.S. Ornamental Horticulture,  Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • LEED Green Associate #10771547 – Green Business Certification Inc.
  • Landscape Contractors License C-27 #1051100
  • Member Pi Alpha Xi, Upsilon Chapter #1008  - National Honor Society for Horticulture
  • ISA Certified Arborist #WE-11753A - International Society of Arboriculture
  • Landscape Industry Certified Technician #315408 - National Association of Landscape Professionals

Professional Experience

  • 2019 - Current President/CEO Botanicon
  • 2013 - Current -Adjunct Faculty, Ornamental Horticulture Department, Cuyamaca College
  • 2009-2013 - Lecturer, Horticulture and Crop Science Dept., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • 1995-2009 - Business Owner/Contractor, San Jose, CA and Paso Robles, CA
  • 1993-1995 - ValleyCrest Landscape Companies, San Jose, CA

Areas of Professional Interest

  • Creating course material and teaching classes related to general horticulture, landscape management and construction, plant materials, park and public garden management
  • Implementing sustainable methods for use in landscape construction and long term site management
  • Employee training and development
  • Creating functional maintenance plans and schedules for managing landscapes
  • Quality control in the landscape


Related Resources

OH Department Website

OH Department Facebook Page