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Hort Major Scores Magnolia Gardens as Internship Destination!

LandonBarkerCongratulations are in order for Miss Landon Barker, UGA Horticulture Major and President elect of Tau Chapter Pi Alpha Xi, whom has been accepted into the summer internship program at the Magnolia Gardens just outside Charleston, South Carolina! If you have not ever visited this historic garden, you must! Truly one of the more fascinating and beautiful places to visit in the South. Many thanks to Tom and Mary Ann Johnson for bringing one of our students into their program. Landon will be working along side students from Versailles, France this summer. Can’t wait to see this adventure’s photos! Go Hort Dawgs!

Recent Horticulture Department Graduate Making News!

George GrUntitled-1ant, former Hort Club President whom recently graduated from our department, is now engaged in a graduate degree program at The University of Florida.  He recenPoinsettia tour President Fuchtly was featured in the news because of his work there. George was selected to represent  the poinsettia production facility and the floriculture program at Florida and give the new UF president a tour of the facility. George is a graduate student under Dr. Paul Fisher and is involved with the operations of the well known UF poinsettia trials program.  Of course, we know where he learned how to grow great poinsettias!  Always great to see our former students doing well. Good job George!

Dr. Harry Mills Published 4th Edition!

drmillsDr. Harry Mills, retired professor from our department has just published the 4th edition of his Plant Analysis Handbook.  This is an extremely useful reference that provides the nutritional norms for most horticultural crop foliage.  It is the industry standard in most sub-fields of horticulture.  For more information, please click on the PDF File attached.



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UGA Alum, Charlie McKenzie ’13 Featured on FloraDaily.Com

biobest3Mr. Charles McKenzie has recent been featured on the web site  Charlie had an article he published on greenhouse Biocontrol at Tagawa Enterprises, where he manages the biocontrol program.  Here is a link for interested readers to learn about biocontrol:   Charlie will be coming to the UGA campus to interview students interested in becoming a professional grower, and will be speaking about plug production to our Hort 4050 Greenhouse Management Class.  Nice to see our alumni sharing their knowledge and publishing!

UGA Horticulture Graduate Now Runs Family Business

DavissmUGA Horticulture alumni Michael Davis ’97, and his spouse, Lisa, MA ’09, with their two children at Davis Floral, Inc., Elberton GA.  Michael was a student in Hort 4050, Greenhouse Management, and went on to get his MBA from Georgia State University, and in 2010, purchased his parents greenhouse business, which started in 1964.  The couple now owns and runs the family business.  The Davis’s have, over the years, hired many UGA Hort Department graduates and currently have several in their employ. Currently their greenhouse is the site of a UGA research project using computer controlled irrigation systems, working with William Wheeler, Dr. Matt Chappell’s graduate student. Almost every year since 1980, they have donated plant material, worked with our research projects, and spoken to our students in class! The company grows florist crops, poinsettias, bedding plants and vegetative annuals. It’s long hours and hard work, but UGA Hort grads can and do run their own businesses. Thanks for your support Michael and Lisa! Go Dawgs!

Alumna Alexandria Berkowitz, Vice President for Customer Service – Colorburst!

0918151531asmallHappy news from UGA Horticulture Department alumna Alexandria Berkowitz.  Alexandria (Alex) currently serves as Vice President for Customer Service at the award-winning Atlanta landscape firm, Colorburst.  In her management position, she is often the point person for  sales referrals, customer education and problem solving.  Alex used her horticulture training, and her high level of motivation, to rise to a significant administrative position since graduating from UGA in 2010.  Alex is living proof that Horticulture majors that are diligent and motivated do very well in the real world.  Alex is also officially engaged to Chris Mote, whom works at Gormet Foods International. Alex and Chris have scheduled a wedding day this Fall.  Congratulations Alex!  Go Dawgs!

Alumn Kohler Brafford Now Manages DC Area Landscape Services


Kohler is a garden manager at Surrounds Landscape Architecture and Construction in Sterling, Virginia. Surrounds specializes in the architecture, construction, and management of lavish residential landscapes in Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. He oversees the property management of around sixty homes to ensure that gardens and landscape features are growing as planned by the landscape architects. “The best part of my job,” says Kohler, “is working outside every day on some of the most luxurious properties in the Washington, DC metro area and constantly learning new things while meeting new people. Working at Surrounds has been an incredible experience.” Kohler is involved in many facets of the garden management division, whether it is managing one of his three crews, working with the architects on enhancement work, completing plant health care services, or backwashing koi ponds, he has his hands in all sorts of things!

UGA Horticulture Graduate Now Head Gardener at Chihuly Gardens

11992471_10104799388418980_154652781_n 11997075_10104799388294230_1650834599_nShanna Tomlinson-Jones has recently accepted a position as Head Gardener at the famous Chiluly Garden and Glass Museum in Seattle, Washington.  As she describes it “Chihuly Garden and Glass is unlike any other garden I have worked at before. Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures are majestic and breathtaking. To best display the art with the surrounding flora in a delicately balanced and interesting manner is fun and challenging in the best possible way. I absolutely love it!”  Shanna got her start as a dedicated student worker at the UGA Trial Garden, and worked at a major greenhouse facility in Michigan, among her other diverse horticultural experiences. UGA Hort graduates are employed all over the U.S. and Shanna serves as a great example that Horticulture can take you places.

Matt McCarty Accepts Position at Tagawa Enterprises, Colorado

CAM004381Matt McCarty, a recent Horticulture Department Alumn, has taken a big step up and has accepted a career position with Tagawa Enterprises, in Brighton, Colorado. Matt is now a range grower and will be undertaking significant training at Tagawa in plug production. Plugs are one of the most demanding crops one can grow ina greenhouse. Matt took our greenhouses courses, did his Hort Internship at Heartland Growers in Indiana, and then worked a year at the awesome Metrolina Greenhouse Facility in North Carolina. We are very appreciative to these three companies for the training, support and opportunity they have given Matt and other students from our program! 

Alumna Anna Paulk Lands Job at Virginia Tech!

FullSizeRenderHorticulture Department Alumna Anna Paulk has accepted a position at Virginia Tech, working as a research assistant for Dr. Jim Owens at the Hampton Roads Research and Extension Center in Virginia Beach, VA.  Dr. Owens is an Assistant Professor in Nursery Crops who has a focus on Agricultural Profitability and Environmental Sustainability in the Green Industry. Anna is working on several projects supporting the Owens lab efforts. Anna Paulk has previously been an Americorp volunteer and has worked as a community garden program manager in Philadelphia.  Horticulture careers are never boring!