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Internships in Horticulture Can Take You to Interesting Places

The Horticulture IMG_9062 (1)Department at UGA has a internship policy that requires students get into the real world and experience some aspect of their major before they graduate.  Students undertaking these internships travel far and wide.  Horticulture Senior Kaylee South worked as an intern this summer in Dr. Michelle Jones’s Lab in the Horticulture and Crop Science department under The OARDC Research Internships Program (ORIP).  Dr. Jones also holds the prestigious Kiplinger Chair in Floriculture at OSU. Kaylee’s project studied the growth promotion effects of beneficial microbes on petunias under low fertility stress. At the end of the summer, she reported my findings in a paper as well as in a presentation. This internship opportunity took place at the OARDC (Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center) campus of Ohio State University in Wooster. Each student is paired with a faculty mentor in their field of interest. Kaylee is hoping to do her Master’s of Science degree upon graduation from UGA.

Two UGA Horticulture Students Receive Scholarships from the American Floral Endowment

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Horticulture majors Maya Baumeister and Mary Lewis recently received scholarships from the American Floral Endowment. This competitive scholarship program selects the best students from the US through a very rigorous process. The AFE manages 20 individual named scholarship programs which the students compete for. Maya received the Armellini Scholarship($2200.00) and Mary received the Ohlman and the Tomasovic Scholarships($1400.00). Of the 20 scholarship recipients awarded, UGA, NC State and Ohio State each had two students receive scholarships. Congratulations to our outstanding students on this recognition. For more information or to apply next year, see:     (note:  The student featured on the AFE page is Melanie Rausch, a UGA graduate!)

Graduate Student Receives Outstanding Student Award from ASHS

Kud11891204_10207385910713806_8185624851583511067_nos to Hort Department graduate student Lauren Muller whom recently received one of the 2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Horticulture Student designations by the American Society for Horticultural Science. ASHS recognizes the top students each year and announces their decision at the annual conference, held in New Orleans his year. Another good indication that UGA Horticulture students are respected in the industry. Congratulations Lauren!

David Kopsell Receives ASHS Outstanding Educator Award

Hort DeDSC_3046smpartment Alumni, Dr. David Kopsell, ’99 (In the coat and Tie) Associate Professor at Illinois State University, received the 2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Educator Award from The American Society for Horticultural Science! David received his MS and Ph.D from the Hort Department at UGA. Seen with him here in the image is his brother Dean, whom also graduated with two advanced degrees from UGA. Congratulations Dr. Kopsell !

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 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)