UGA Horticulture Department

Gray Simpson Named Horticulture Department Outstanding Senior

Gray Simpson has been chosen by the faculty to be the departmental Outstanding Senior. Gray has distinguished himself by receiving several noteworthy awards: Greenhouse Product News Intern of the Year,  American Floral Endowment Vic and Margaret Ball Internship at Metrolina Greenhouses, Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship, and the most prestigious scholarship offered by the Garden Club of Georgia. He is the Horticulture Vice President and has efficiently grown plants for sale and coordinated the efforts of numerous student to hold a very successful Plant Sale.  He also was the Production Coordinator for the Pi Alpha Xi Poinsettia sale.  Congratulations Gray, and Well done!

 

Hort Major Scores Magnolia Gardens as Internship Destination!

LandonBarkerCongratulations are in order for Miss Landon Barker, UGA Horticulture Major and President elect of Tau Chapter Pi Alpha Xi, whom has been accepted into the summer internship program at the Magnolia Gardens just outside Charleston, South Carolina! If you have not ever visited this historic garden, you must! Truly one of the more fascinating and beautiful places to visit in the South. Many thanks to Tom and Mary Ann Johnson for bringing one of our students into their program. Landon will be working along side students from Versailles, France this summer. Can’t wait to see this adventure’s photos! Go Hort Dawgs!

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.

 

Dr. Harry Mills Published 4th Edition!

drmillsDr. 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.

 

 

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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

Alumna Alexandria Berkowitz, Vice President for Customer Service – Colorburst!

0918151531asmallHappy news from UGA Horticulture Department alumna Alexandria Berkowitz.  Alexandria (Alex) currently serves as Vice President for Customer Service at the award-winning Atlanta landscape firm, Colorburst.  In her management position, she is often the point person for  sales referrals, customer education and problem solving.  Alex used her horticulture training, and her high level of motivation, to rise to a significant administrative position since graduating from UGA in 2010.  Alex is living proof that Horticulture majors that are diligent and motivated do very well in the real world.  Alex is also officially engaged to Chris Mote, whom works at Gormet Foods International. Alex and Chris have scheduled a wedding day this Fall.  Congratulations Alex!  Go Dawgs!

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!