UGA Horticulture Department

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!

Tim Smalley Receives Meigs Professorship Award!

SmalleyTourTim Smalley, Associate Professor of Horticulture in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been named a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, the university’s highest recognition for excellence in instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Smalley was one of five UGA faculty members who were honored with the Meigs Professorship in 2016.

The Meigs Professorship underscores the university’s commitment to excellence in teaching, the value placed on the learning experiences of students and the centrality of instruction to the university’s mission. The award, sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, includes a permanent salary increase of $6,000 and a one-year discretionary fund of $1,000.

“Our Meigs Professors are exemplars of the University of Georgia’s commitment to providing students with unparalleled learning experiences,” said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “They have made enduring impacts on their students as well as on the institution as a whole.”

Smalley, who is known for teaching horticulture classes under the Meigs white oak tree, has revamped courses to engage students with learning experiences in and out of the classroom. His Art and Gardens of the Grand Tour study-abroad program has heightened students’ horticultural and cultural appreciation since 2001. Via leadership positions in curriculum, global programs and strategic planning, Smalley has shepherded changes to his departmental and college educational endeavors. He currently serves as the undergraduate coordinator for the Department of Horticulture.


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!

Horticulture Department Alumna, Mandy O’Shea, Operates A Flourishing Fruit & Flower Farm


ManThe OSheas at 3 Porch Farmdy O’Shea (‘03) and her husband Steve spend their days planting, pruning, harvesting and delivering their locally-grown and crafted products from “3 Porch Farm.”  They sell beautiful and unique flower bouquets, seasonal fruits, delicious ‘Honeypops’ (frozen fruit + honey freezies), syrups, seasonings and more to devoted customers in the Athens and metro-Atlanta area. The couple has worked with determination to blend their commitment to upholding high environmental and social ethics while maintaining a profitable business. To that end, they have retrofitted farm vehicles and buildings to renewable power sources, adhere to the Certified Naturally Grown label, and make an effort to cultivate and support relationships within the community. They also manage a full-service floral design studio, Moonflower, which specializes in weddings and special events.

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