UGA Horticulture Department

Graduate Student TC Jayalath, Wins Grant for Organic Lettuce Research

Theekshana (TC) Jayalath, a graduate student in the UGA Horticulture Department, recently received a grant from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (S-SARE) program. The $11,000 award will help fund his research project entitled, “Evaluation of High Tunnel Systems for Spring Organic Lettuce Production in Georgia”. His project was 1 of 13 graduate student grants awarded by the S-SARE Administrative Council and the only one representing Georgia this year. TC is excited to continue to investigate regional production issues as well as consumer preferences for this important and delicious crop!

TC Jayalath collects data from high tunnel lettuce grown at the UGA Horticulture Research Farm in Watkinsville, GA.

UGA Durham Horticulture Farm Open House – October 2, 2015

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 hortprod@uga.edu 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)