UGA Horticulture Department

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.

Marc van Iersel gives seminar on LED research at Cornell University

Marc van Iersel visited Cornell University to give a seminar on his work on biofeedback control of photosynthetic lighting. His seminar was well attended and generated much subsequent discussion. Hopefully this visit will result in future collaboration with Cornell’s Controlled Environment Agriculture group, as well as Tessa Pocock at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dr. John Ruter Presents Tea-Oil Research In China


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.



PAH E book IV pdf

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:

UGA Alum, Charlie McKenzie ’13 Featured on FloraDaily.Com

biobest3Mr. Charles McKenzie has recent been featured on the web site  Charlie had an article he published on greenhouse Biocontrol at Tagawa Enterprises, where he manages the biocontrol program.  Here is a link for interested readers to learn about biocontrol:   Charlie will be coming to the UGA campus to interview students interested in becoming a professional grower, and will be speaking about plug production to our Hort 4050 Greenhouse Management Class.  Nice to see our alumni sharing their knowledge and publishing!

UGA Horticulture Graduate Now Runs Family Business

DavissmUGA Horticulture alumni Michael Davis ’97, and his spouse, Lisa, MA ’09, with their two children at Davis Floral, Inc., Elberton GA.  Michael was a student in Hort 4050, Greenhouse Management, and went on to get his MBA from Georgia State University, and in 2010, purchased his parents greenhouse business, which started in 1964.  The couple now owns and runs the family business.  The Davis’s have, over the years, hired many UGA Hort Department graduates and currently have several in their employ. Currently their greenhouse is the site of a UGA research project using computer controlled irrigation systems, working with William Wheeler, Dr. Matt Chappell’s graduate student. Almost every year since 1980, they have donated plant material, worked with our research projects, and spoken to our students in class! The company grows florist crops, poinsettias, bedding plants and vegetative annuals. It’s long hours and hard work, but UGA Hort grads can and do run their own businesses. Thanks for your support Michael and Lisa! Go Dawgs!

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