George Grant, former Hort Club President whom recently graduated from our department, is now engaged in a graduate degree program at The University of Florida. He recently 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. Ruter and his graduate student Zhitong Li spent the week of Oct. 10-18, 2015 visiting gardens and institutions in China for his ornamental breeding and tea-oil projects. While there Dr. Ruter gave a presentation at the Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden on “Ornamental Breeding and Evaluation Programs at the University of Georgia” and two presentations at the Central South University of Forestry and Technology in Hunan Province and the Subtropical Forestry Research Institute in Zhejiang Province entitled “Development of tea-oil camellia as a new crop for the United States”. While there they also spent time visiting with faculty, staff, and growers to get the latest information on tea-oil production in China.
Dr. 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.
Shanna 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.
Please mark your calendars for the 2015 UGA Durham Horticulture Farm Open House – to be held on October 2, 2015 from 9AM – 2PM.
Although early registration has closed, there are still slots available. We ask that you email email@example.com with the names of attendees. Then please download the registration form (in addition to detailed schedule) by clicking this link (Registration)!
Speakers/topics for this year include:
Breeding Hardy Ornamental Hibiscus (John Ruter, Professor)
Are All Flowers Created Equal? (Bethany Harris, PhD Student & Bodie Pennisi, Professor)
Breeding Native Species for Adaptation to Managed Landscapes (Matthew Chappell, Associate Professor)
New Plants for Southern Landscapes (Carol Robacker, Associate Professor)
Organic Weed Control in Watermelon and Developing New Cucurbit Varieties (Pumpkin and Watermelon) (George Boyhan, Professor & Suzanne Stone, PhD Student)
Boxwood, Pruning, and Soil Amending Research Update (Tim Smalley, Associate Professor)
Organic vegetable production under high tunnels (Suzanne O’Connell, Assistant Professor)
New Woody Ornamentals for your Garden (Donglin Zhang, Professor)
Ornamental Herbicide Evaluation (John Ruter, Professor)