UGA Horticulture Department

Matt McCarty Accepts Position at Tagawa Enterprises, Colorado

CAM004381Matt McCarty, a recent Horticulture Department Alumn, has taken a big step up and has accepted a career position with Tagawa Enterprises, in Brighton, Colorado. Matt is now a range grower and will be undertaking significant training at Tagawa in plug production. Plugs are one of the most demanding crops one can grow ina greenhouse. Matt took our greenhouses courses, did his Hort Internship at Heartland Growers in Indiana, and then worked a year at the awesome Metrolina Greenhouse Facility in North Carolina. We are very appreciative to these three companies for the training, support and opportunity they have given Matt and other students from our program! 

Alumna Anna Paulk Lands Job at Virginia Tech!

FullSizeRenderHorticulture Department Alumna Anna Paulk has accepted a position at Virginia Tech, working as a research assistant for Dr. Jim Owens at the Hampton Roads Research and Extension Center in Virginia Beach, VA.  Dr. Owens is an Assistant Professor in Nursery Crops who has a focus on Agricultural Profitability and Environmental Sustainability in the Green Industry. Anna is working on several projects supporting the Owens lab efforts. Anna Paulk has previously been an Americorp volunteer and has worked as a community garden program manager in Philadelphia.  Horticulture careers are never boring!

Graduate Student TC Jayalath, Wins Grant for Organic Lettuce Research

Theekshana (TC) Jayalath, a graduate student in the UGA Horticulture Department, recently received a grant from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (S-SARE) program. The $11,000 award will help fund his research project entitled, “Evaluation of High Tunnel Systems for Spring Organic Lettuce Production in Georgia”. His project was 1 of 13 graduate student grants awarded by the S-SARE Administrative Council and the only one representing Georgia this year. TC is excited to continue to investigate regional production issues as well as consumer preferences for this important and delicious crop!

TC Jayalath collects data from high tunnel lettuce grown at the UGA Horticulture Research Farm in Watkinsville, GA.

Horticulture Department Welcomes New Students

Hort CookoutblogsmHorticulture is alive and well at The University of Georgia. Over 70 students and department faculty attended the 2015 Fall Cookout welcoming new students to our Department.  Current Horticulture Club members manned the grill, and the Horticulture Club officers and Dr. Doug Bailey, our Department Head, presented information on department activities coming up, club activities and department resources available to students.  Dr. Tim Smalley, our Undergraduate Coordinator, who coordinates and shepherds this event every year outlined the benefits of joining Horticulture Club and getting involved in department activities.  This is our 16th year holding this in our outdoor classroom, and we enjoyed record attendance this year. Judging from the level of happiness and the great interest shown by the new students, we are clearly going to have a great year!  Thanks to all the staff and students whom stepped up to make this happen.  Go Dawgs!!!

Michael Martin Joins Horticultural Physiology Lab

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Michael Martin

Dr. Michael Martin, who earned his PhD from our department in 2012 under the guidance of Dr. Matthew Chappell, has joined the Horticultural Physiology Lab. Michael was hired to work on one of the lab’s newer projects: Biofeedback of LED lighting for controlled environment agriculture. His position is funded through a joint USDA grant between PhytoSynthetix and our lab. To read more about that project,  go to Geoff Weaver, who was working on this project, accepted a new position in the department and will be working with Dr. Chappell.

Alumni Continue to Find Great Jobs in Horticulture

photoOur horticulture majors and minors continue to get jobs and do well.  Congratulations to Alumna Sarina Barich, a 2009 graduate of our department, and Savannah Lazarus, a 2014 graduate with a Hort Minor whom are both starting new jobs this month.  Sarina has been hired by the Davis Floral Company as a Production Coordinator, and Savannah has been hired as a new Grower.  Sarina comes to Davis with a few years of production experience with a local greenhouse operation and has put to use all the skills she learned in our Greenhouse Management class.  Go Dawgs!

Horticulture Alumna Halley Granitz: Taking On New Challenges!


Horticulture Department Alumna, Ms. Halley Granitz, left our hallowed halls and went on to received her Master’s Degree from North Carolina State University.  She was then hired by BASF in technical services. Recently she was offered a move upwards and Halley is now a sales specialist with BASF Professional and Specialty Solutions. She now lives in Birmingham and works with pest control professionals in the state of Alabama. Her duties include working with pest control companies to find effective, innovative solutions to pest control challenges, giving educational talks and seminars, and providing customer support on BASF’s portfolio of professional pest control products

It’s great to hear from Alumn!  If you would like to share what you are doing, please contact Dr. Paul A. Thomas at:  We’d love to hear from you!

Horticulture Club and State Botanic Garden Plant Sale

The saleHorticulture Club Plant Sale will be located in it’s traditional spot on the corner of Riverbend Road and College Station Road beginning at 8:00 am on October 2-4 and 9-11, 2015.  Sale times are Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 – Sundays 12:00 – 5:00. There will be a great selection of winter annuals, shrubs and perennials!  Remember, Fall is for Planting!    Concurrent with our students sale, the State Botanical Garden will offer its Native Plan sale.  Hope to see all our alumni and friends this October!



Internships in Horticulture Can Take You to Interesting Places

The Horticulture IMG_9062 (1)Department at UGA has a internship policy that requires students get into the real world and experience some aspect of their major before they graduate.  Students undertaking these internships travel far and wide.  Horticulture Senior Kaylee South worked as an intern this summer in Dr. Michelle Jones’s Lab in the Horticulture and Crop Science department under The OARDC Research Internships Program (ORIP).  Dr. Jones also holds the prestigious Kiplinger Chair in Floriculture at OSU. Kaylee’s project studied the growth promotion effects of beneficial microbes on petunias under low fertility stress. At the end of the summer, she reported my findings in a paper as well as in a presentation. This internship opportunity took place at the OARDC (Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center) campus of Ohio State University in Wooster. Each student is paired with a faculty mentor in their field of interest. Kaylee is hoping to do her Master’s of Science degree upon graduation from UGA.

Two UGA Horticulture Students Receive Scholarships from the American Floral Endowment

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Horticulture majors Maya Baumeister and Mary Lewis recently received scholarships from the American Floral Endowment. This competitive scholarship program selects the best students from the US through a very rigorous process. The AFE manages 20 individual named scholarship programs which the students compete for. Maya received the Armellini Scholarship($2200.00) and Mary received the Ohlman and the Tomasovic Scholarships($1400.00). Of the 20 scholarship recipients awarded, UGA, NC State and Ohio State each had two students receive scholarships. Congratulations to our outstanding students on this recognition. For more information or to apply next year, see:     (note:  The student featured on the AFE page is Melanie Rausch, a UGA graduate!)

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