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Athens Farmers Market Assists Student Research Efforts on Local Vegetable Production

Do you ever shop at the Athens Farmers Market? If so, you may have been recently approached by TC Jayalath, a current Horticulture Graduate student, and asked to participate in a consumer survey about locally-grown, organic lettuce. More than 125 shoppers shared information about their buying habits, taste preferences and the visual appeal of lettuce grown at the UGA Horticulture Research Farm this spring. We would like to thank the farmers market, the shoppers and S-SARE (funding agency) for making this effort a fun and great success!

Athens Farmers Market Customers Volunteer to Talk about and Eat Lettuce on a Sat. morning!

Recent alumna, Hannah Bundy to join NC Extension Service

Hannah Bundy assists with Dr. O'Connell's organic vegetable researchCongratulations to Hannah Bundy a recent graduate (2015’) of the Horticulture Dept. and Certificate Program in Organic Agriculture who has accepted a position with the NC Cooperative Extension Service. She will be joining the Rutherford County Extension Service as their Horticulture Extension Agent and is looking forward to working with master gardeners, home owners and commercial producers as well as organizing the county farmers market. We wish her all the best!

 

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. John Ruter Presents Tea-Oil Research In China

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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.

 

Earn GA Pesticide and ISA Credits in Savannah – November 4, 2015

The 2015 Georgia – Florida Green Industry Update.

This in-person, hands-on program will provide the latest on emerging problems, new IPM tools and up-to-date information on all the issues important to nursery/greenhouse growers, landscape professionals and other Green Industry personnel—all while providing GA and FL Pesticide and ISA CEU’s to keep you current with your professional licenses. Note: This program offers 4 hours of GA pesticide re-certification credits in category 24 – Ornamentals & Turf and category 21 – Plant Agriculture for persons having commercial or private pesticide licenses in Georgia. It will also offer up to 4.25 ISA Southern Chapter credits (Certified Arborist – 4.25; Utility Specialist – 1; Municipal Specialist – 4.25; BCMA Science – 2.25; BCMA Management – 2).
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. with sessions beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding by 4:15 p.m.

Speakers and topics:

  • Gary Knox (University of Florida/IFAS) – Update on Crapemyrtle Bark Scale
  • Jean Williams-Woodward (University of Georgia) – Countdown on the newest diseases affecting landscape and nursery plants
  • Paul Pugliese (UGA Extension) – The Effects of Phenoxy Herbicides on Landscape Trees and Shrubs
  • Paul Thomas (University of Georgia) – Strategies for Optimal Winter Annual Installations
  • Will Hudson (University of Georgia) – Managing insects and mites with newer pesticides
  • Matthew Chappell (University of Georgia) – Selecting Shade Trees for the Coastal Plain

Date and Location:
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden at the Historic Bamboo Farm
2 Canebrake Road
Savannah, GA 31419

Registration cost is $100.00 and includes lunch. Register at this link: http://t.uga.edu/1Od

Alumn Kohler Brafford Now Manages DC Area Landscape Services

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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! 

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.

Horticulture Alumna Halley Granitz: Taking On New Challenges!

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Horticulture Department Alumna, Ms. Halley Granitz, left our hallowed halls and went on to received her Master’s Degree from North Carolina State University.  She was then hired by BASF in technical services. Recently she was offered a move upwards and Halley is now a sales specialist with BASF Professional and Specialty Solutions. She now lives in Birmingham and works with pest control professionals in the state of Alabama. Her duties include working with pest control companies to find effective, innovative solutions to pest control challenges, giving educational talks and seminars, and providing customer support on BASF’s portfolio of professional pest control products

It’s great to hear from Alumn!  If you would like to share what you are doing, please contact Dr. Paul A. Thomas at:  Pathomas@uga.edu.  We’d love to hear from you!