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!

 

Dr. John Ruter elected “Fellow” for IPPS

John M. Ruter,  Allan Armitage Endowed Professor of Horticulture and Director of the Trial Gardens at UGA was recognized as a Fellow by the International Plant Propagators’ Society, Southern Region of North America, during the society’s recent meeting in Virginia Beach. VA.

This annual recognition is given to an individual each year that has made outstanding contributions to plant propagation and the nursery industry in the southeastern region.

IPPS is a global network of professionals with an interest in plant production, including horticultural research and education, with the aim to improve the knowledge, skills, productivity and professionalism of its members. IPPS has 1600 members over eight geographical regions around the world, spread over four continents.

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.

 

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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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.

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)