UGA Horticulture Department

Michael Martin Joins Horticultural Physiology Lab

Michael Martin

Michael Martin

Dr. Michael Martin, who earned his PhD from our department in 2012 under the guidance of Dr. Matthew Chappell, has joined the Horticultural Physiology Lab. Michael was hired to work on one of the lab’s newer projects: Biofeedback of LED lighting for controlled environment agriculture. His position is funded through a joint USDA grant between PhytoSynthetix and our lab. To read more about that project,  go to Geoff Weaver, who was working on this project, accepted a new position in the department and will be working with Dr. Chappell.

Alumni Continue to Find Great Jobs in Horticulture

photoOur horticulture majors and minors continue to get jobs and do well.  Congratulations to Alumna Sarina Barich, a 2009 graduate of our department, and Savannah Lazarus, a 2014 graduate with a Hort Minor whom are both starting new jobs this month.  Sarina has been hired by the Davis Floral Company as a Production Coordinator, and Savannah has been hired as a new Grower.  Sarina comes to Davis with a few years of production experience with a local greenhouse operation and has put to use all the skills she learned in our Greenhouse Management class.  Go Dawgs!

Horticulture Alumna Halley Granitz: Taking On New Challenges!


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:  We’d love to hear from you!

Horticulture Club and State Botanic Garden Plant Sale

The saleHorticulture Club Plant Sale will be located in it’s traditional spot on the corner of Riverbend Road and College Station Road beginning at 8:00 am on October 2-4 and 9-11, 2015.  Sale times are Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 – Sundays 12:00 – 5:00. There will be a great selection of winter annuals, shrubs and perennials!  Remember, Fall is for Planting!    Concurrent with our students sale, the State Botanical Garden will offer its Native Plan sale.  Hope to see all our alumni and friends this October!



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!)

Allan Armitage’s New Book Now Available


armitagebookcover3dIt’s Not Just About the Hat – The Unlikely Journey of a Plantsman (2015). Dr. Allan Armitage–author of over a dozen books, a perennial and annual mobile app, teacher, lecturer and one of the most respected plant authorities in the green industry–has penned his memoirs. His stories depict his unlikely trajectory as a shy boy from a quiet neighborhood in Montreal to a world-renowned plantsman.

Of his memoirs, Dr. Armitage says, “I had no intention of writing about myself. I could not imagine anything more boring or presumptuous. However, after weaving many tales about my family and background through plant talks and stories, people kept asking, ‘How did you get here from there?’ so I finally decided to write a few things down. I am not a politician, a rock star or a famous athlete. I cannot enthrall you with drugs, sex or money, just a few stories that most of us can probably relate to.”

This book exemplifies everything you have come to expect from one of the most engaging storytellers today. From digging graves to braving North Atlantic storms, Dr. A’s adventurous life is revealed like an unfurling bloom–each petal just a little wilder than the one before.

HOW TO ORDER: Just go to the website, Dr. A will personalize and autograph all copies. Or go to

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!

Hort Club President Mary Lewis Receives Proven Winners Scholarship

ConDSC_6967smgratulations to Horticulture major Mary (AKA “Snowberry”) Lewis whom recently received the Proven Winners Grower Excellence Scholarship! Proven Winners is a nationally known marketing brand that supports education with a $25,000.00/year scholarship program. Mary apparently survived Hort 4050 Greenhouse Management as well as her internship to France and has returned victorious… and a bit more solvent given the $5000.00 award.  Congratulations to Mary on this and her being elected the 2015-2016 Horticulture Club President!
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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 !

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