UGA Horticulture Department

Two UGA Students Place in the CAES Undergraduate Research Competition

xxdxccc DSC_8238smKudos to UGA Horticulture  Department students Ruqayah Bhuiyan and Sierra McDonald, andwhom placed 4th and 5th respectively in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Research Competition! Ruqayah worked with David Berle on the Effects of Biochar on Crop Growth, and Sierra worked with Paul Thomas characterizing the effects of chilling on Orchid roots.  These students did outstanding work on research projects. There will be an awards banquet on May 2nd at which the college will recognized their achievements! Well done ladies!

Interesting New Job for UGA Horticulture Graduate

DSC_8238smCongratulations are in order for senior UGA Hort Dawg Sierra McDonald who recently was hired by the Giving Tree Wellness Center in Prescott, Arizona. Sierra is embarking on an adventure legally growing medical marijuana at an Arizona state-licensed production facility. We do not teach anything about marijuana production at UGA, nor do we endorse its use, however our greenhouse management students are more than qualified for these kinds of jobs in states where it is legally produced. I will be interested in learning how this position works out. The salary offer was very competitive with standard greenhouse industry positions.Leave it to a Hort Dawg to try something new! Good Luck Sierra!

Internship Adventures Await Two Hort Majors!

DSC_7307sm IMG_4808Internship Adventures Ahead! UGA Hort majors Maya Baumeister and Sarah Houstma recently were accepted into two very cool internship programs. Maya will be learning public garden management at the Cheyenne Botanic Garden in Wyoming! Sarah will be working at The Polly Hill Arboretum, a Martha’s Vineyard horticultural and botanical landmark! We commend both of these fine young ladies for their willingness to gain experience outside the state of Georgia and undertake internships at unique locations! Both of these adventures will be unforgettable! Congratulations!

Two UGA Students Receive Vic and Margaret Ball Internships!

DSC_7339sm 10570350_10202292045535379_1536744665027820357_n (1)More Happy News! UGA Horticulture Majors Michael Del Valle and Mary E. Lewis have both been selected to the Vic and Margaret Ball Internship and Scholarship Program. Michael is going to travel to Arcata California and work at the now world famous Sun Valley Floral Group facility. He will be learning cut flower and forced bulb production from the premier company in the U.S. Not to be outdone, Mary Lewis has been placed with Disney! Mary will be working with the production side of the Epcot exhibit, and the surrounding event grounds.Disney has been one of her dream career moves and she now has the opportunity to earn her mickey ears! Congratulations to these two fine UGA Horticulture students for their academic accomplishment in being selected by this program. The Vic and Margaret Ball Program is managed by the American Floral Endowment! Many thanks to the Ball Family and the many donors to the AFE Endowment entity for their support of our students!!! Go Dawgs

Viticulture Internship for Grant Laird!

DSC_8239smHarvesting Grapes in California! UGA Hort Major Grant Laird just recently was awarded the Jimmy Mancbach Memorial Scholarship as an intern at Au Bon Climat Winery/Vineyard in Santa Barbara, California! Grant will be learning about viticulture and enology, and have an incredible experience harvesting grapes in the fall in sunny California. Congratulations Grant!

Alumi Kyle Cheeseborough At Bellfontaine!

Kyle & Amorphophallus titanum Hort Alumni Kyle Cheeseborough has been busy since graduation!  From his travels in Sibera collecting plants professionally, to his moving to St. Louis, to his working at the Missouri Botanical Garden Conservatory, Kyle has been busy! His current position as Horticultural Supervisor at the Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum, a huge 314 acre historic cemetery that is an amazing place to visit is a dream come true! Kyle is teaching classes, leading tours, and writing about the gardens. Every day it seems we are hearing another accounting of an exciting career in horticulture being led by a graduate of our program. Way to go Kyle!

Shuyang Zhen places 2nd in college graduate student competition

Shuyang collecting data in the greenhouse.

Shuyang Zhen, a PhD candidate in Marc van Iersel’s Horticultural Physiology lab, represented the department in the PhD part of the annual college graduate student competition. The Broadus Browne competition is held in honor of the former Director of the Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station. Participants in the competition are judged based on a paper and oral presentation. The awards are presented to the outstanding MS and PhD students in the College, based on both their research and effective communication. Shuyang presented her innovative research on the importance of far-red light for photosynthesis Her presentation was titled “Improving the Efficiency of Photosynthetic Lighting for Crop Production with Far-red LEDs”. Congratulations to Shuyang! (more…)

Professor Marc van Iersel Honored by Pi Alpha Xi!


Professor Marc van Iersel was recently bestowed an honorary membership into the Tau Chapter of Pi Alpha Xi, the national honor society for Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture.  Each chapter in the U.S. may honor faculty or industry members that have made significant contributions to the learning and development of these students careers.  The Tau Chapter unanimously voted for Dr. van Iersel in recognition of  his many years of support of Hort Club and student activities in our department!   Congratulations Marc!!!


Gray Simpson Receives the Garden Clubs of Georgia Scholarship!

C12809679_10208804188729870_4728881557196019029_nongratulations are in order for senior Horticulture major Gray Simpson, whom as  awarded a $5,000.00 Scholarship from the Garden Clubs of Georgia.  This statewide scholarship program is very competitive, and is sponsored by the many Garden Clubs of Georgia every year. Our department has been very fortunate to have several students receive this award over the last couple of years.  All those years of diligent classroom work and activities in our Hort Club and NALP team do pay off!  Congratulations Gray!

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