UGA Horticulture Department

Allan Armitage’s New Book Now Available


armitagebookcover3dIt’s Not Just About the Hat – The Unlikely Journey of a Plantsman (2015). Dr. Allan Armitage–author of over a dozen books, a perennial and annual mobile app, teacher, lecturer and one of the most respected plant authorities in the green industry–has penned his memoirs. His stories depict his unlikely trajectory as a shy boy from a quiet neighborhood in Montreal to a world-renowned plantsman.

Of his memoirs, Dr. Armitage says, “I had no intention of writing about myself. I could not imagine anything more boring or presumptuous. However, after weaving many tales about my family and background through plant talks and stories, people kept asking, ‘How did you get here from there?’ so I finally decided to write a few things down. I am not a politician, a rock star or a famous athlete. I cannot enthrall you with drugs, sex or money, just a few stories that most of us can probably relate to.”

This book exemplifies everything you have come to expect from one of the most engaging storytellers today. From digging graves to braving North Atlantic storms, Dr. A’s adventurous life is revealed like an unfurling bloom–each petal just a little wilder than the one before.

HOW TO ORDER: Just go to the website, Dr. A will personalize and autograph all copies. Or go to

Graduate Student Receives Outstanding Student Award from ASHS

Kud11891204_10207385910713806_8185624851583511067_nos to Hort Department graduate student Lauren Muller whom recently received one of the 2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Horticulture Student designations by the American Society for Horticultural Science. ASHS recognizes the top students each year and announces their decision at the annual conference, held in New Orleans his year. Another good indication that UGA Horticulture students are respected in the industry. Congratulations Lauren!

Hort Club President Mary Lewis Receives Proven Winners Scholarship

ConDSC_6967smgratulations to Horticulture major Mary (AKA “Snowberry”) Lewis whom recently received the Proven Winners Grower Excellence Scholarship! Proven Winners is a nationally known marketing brand that supports education with a $25,000.00/year scholarship program. Mary apparently survived Hort 4050 Greenhouse Management as well as her internship to France and has returned victorious… and a bit more solvent given the $5000.00 award.  Congratulations to Mary on this and her being elected the 2015-2016 Horticulture Club President!
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David Kopsell Receives ASHS Outstanding Educator Award

Hort DeDSC_3046smpartment Alumni, Dr. David Kopsell, ’99 (In the coat and Tie) Associate Professor at Illinois State University, received the 2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Educator Award from The American Society for Horticultural Science! David received his MS and Ph.D from the Hort Department at UGA. Seen with him here in the image is his brother Dean, whom also graduated with two advanced degrees from UGA. Congratulations Dr. Kopsell !

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 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)


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