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Dreer Seminar: The Czech Landscape

The Czech Landscape

The Czech Landscape

Dreer Award recipient Christopher Keil (MLA 2009) will report on his half-year horticultural adventure in Eastern Europe, Monday, May 3, 2010, 12:15pm, 461 Kennedy Hall.

The Frederick Dreer Award, allows one or more students to spend 6 months to a year abroad pursuing his or her interests related to horticulture.

Dean Henry visits flower bulb labyrinth

CALS Dean Susan Henry and her husband Peter were among the 125 visitors attending the open house at the Bluegrass Lane Turf and Landscape Research Center on Saturday, April 24, walking the flower bulb labyrinth and viewing research plots.

Dean Susan Henry and her husband Peter walk the flower bulb labyrinth.

Dean Susan Henry and her husband Peter walk the flower bulb labyrinth.

Flower Bulb Research Program research support specialist Melissa Kitchen shows Dean Henry bulb research trials.

Melissa Kitchen shows Dean Henry bulb research trials.

Melissa Kitchen shows Dean Henry bulb research trials.

Bluegrass Lane is not open to the public, but more open houses will be scheduled for later in the season.

More information about the flower bulb labyrinth.


Recent recognitions:

Marvin Pritts was named the 2010 recipient of the CircleLink Award in honor of outstanding advising, teaching and innovative programming in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Christine Hadekel was selected for one of the 2009-2010 Student Employee Recognition Awards from the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment, The Cornell Commitment, and the Office of Minority Educational Affairs. Christine works in the Department’s Garden-Based Learning Program.

Small Farms Program Summer Internship

The Small Farms Program is seeking a Summer Intern to assist with organziation and outreach in 2 key program areas: Farm Energy issues and Beginning Farmer issues.  The intern must be outgoing and have strong writing, editing, organizational and outreach skills.  Coursework or focus in journalism, multimedia, or ag communications is preffered.  Must have some background in farming and an enthusiasm for learning more about small farms in NY.

Specifically, the intern will assist with:

Administrative (20%)

  • Compile the Small Farms Monthly Update
  • Coordinate Small Farms Program List-serve
  • Assist with the Small Farms Quarterly Magazine
  • Database entry and mailing assistance
  • Assist with 4-H Career Exploration Days

Farm Energy Support (40%)

  • Write profiles about farms that are using energy conservation/renewable energy
  • Assist organizing on-farm energy field days

Beginning Farmer Project Support (40%)

  • Research organizations that provide services to beginning farmers
  • Assist  getting high school students interested in farming as a career
  • Write profiles or capture video of new farmers

Term of Employment: May – August, 2010.  Start and End date flexible.

To apply, send cover letter, resume and writing sample (casual style) to by May 7th.  To learn more about the Cornell Small Farms Program, visit

Earth Day: ‘Urban Eden’ students plant Mann Library entrance

While the timing was coincidental, students in Nina Bassuk’s and Peter Trowbridge’s ‘Creating the Urban Eden’ course (HORT/LA 4910/4910) installed a new landscape in front of Mann Library on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

As a capstone experience, the class (aka Woody Plant Selection, Design and Landscape Establishment) transforms an area of campus. Recent renovations include the Mann Library courtyard, the north side of Plant Science Building, the west side of Roberts Hall, and the George Good Memorial Garden on the south side of Plant Science.

'Urban Eden' students install planting in front of Mann Library

'Urban Eden' students install planting in front of Mann Library

Planting shrubs

Planting shrubs

Wheeling a tree into place.

Wheeling a tree into place.

Planting preparations.

Planting in progress.

Walk the flower bulb labyrinth Saturday

Flower bulb labyrinth at Bluegrass Lane

Flower bulb labyrinth at Bluegrass Lane

From Melissa Kitchen, Flower Bulb Research Program.


Event: Stroll our blooming bulb labyrinth!

When: This Saturday April 24, 11am – 1pm.

Details: 15,000 daffodils, tulips and grape hyacinths are planted within the classical Cretan labyrinth. The daffodils are at their peak now, with the tulips and grape hyacinths just beginning to bloom. Be sure to bring your camera!

Where: Cornell’s Turf & Landscape Research Center, fondly known as Bluegrass Lane.

Directions: From Warren Road, turn onto Bluegrass Lane, near the Robert Trent Jones golf course. Turn left at the second dirt road. Follow road to the end.

Read more about the flower bulb labyrinth.

Online botanical illustration courses start June 7

hellebore watercolorIf you’ve ever thought how great it would be to create art inspired by the flowers in your garden, here’s your chance. Marcia Eames-Sheavly will be leading two online botanical illustration courses June 7 to July 25.

Botanical Illustration I: Basic Drawing Techniques is designed for beginning artists of all ages and from all walks of life — from current students, to those who haven’t taken a class in a very long time.

Topics include:

  • How to observe and approach subjects for drawing.
  • How to creatively transfer what you see to paper.
  • How to use the elements of line, shape and space constructively to make a composition.

More about the drawing course.

Botanical Illustration II: Working with watercolor is for the beginner at watercolor, but it does assume a comfort level with drawing. (We strongly suggest you take the drawing course first.) We will focus on primarily simple subjects, such as a single stem of a flower, a fruit, or a vegetable.

More about the watercolor course.

Enrollment for each course is limited to 20 students.

Soil field/lab assistant needed

Via David Wolfe:

Assist with soil sampling, laboratory soil analyses, and data entry into Excel spread sheets for research project focused on evaluating various approaches to farm- and landscape-level soil carbon analysis and accounting for emerging carbon markets.

Some experience with field research, lab methods, and computers preferred, but training and oversight will be provided. Must have a valid NYS drivers license, ability to lift 20-40 lbs, be willing to work in field under varying weather conditions, and also willing to work in lab and office settings.

Approx May 17-Aug 20, 2010. Full time (39 h/wk). Pay rate: approx $12/h, dependent on qualifications

Interested applicants should contact: Dr. David Wolfe, or 607-255-7888.

Cut flower program seeks summer assistant

cut flowers in high tunnelVia Chris Wien:

The Cut Flower Program in the Horticulture Dept. is seeking a summer assistant to help in the planting, maintaining and harvesting of cut flowers on the Cornell campus. Duties also include operation of simple scientific machinery and data collection. 20 to 30 hours per week, beginning in late May. Salary depending on experience.

Interested persons should contact Dr. Chris Wien ( and be prepared to provide a resume, and names and phone no’s of two previous employers.

Buy ‘Cornell Seeds’ at Cornell Orchards

Via Deb Clover, Sales Manager, Cornell Orchards:

Do you like to garden and want to try something new? We are now selling seed packets of select vegetable cultivars developed by Cornell’s breeding programs:

  • ‘Sweet REBA’ – a disease-resistant early bush acorn squash
  • ‘Honeynut’ – a miniature butternut squash
  • ‘Greenfinger’ – a Beit Alpha (European or English-type) cucumber
  • ‘Success PM’ – a straightneck yellow summer squash
  • ‘PMR Delicious 51’ – a muskmelon
  • Hannah’s Choice – a muskmelon

These cultivars are unique and delicious, they have resistance to common disease problems, and they produce high yields in upstate New York and beyond. Proceeds from sales of these special seeds benefit Synapsis, the graduate student organization of Cornell’s Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics.

Also: Our cider sale continues (buy one, get one free half-gallons and gallons) and many apple varieties are also buy one, get one free. Spend $25 and get a free reusable Cornell Orchards shopping bag.

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. through early May. Directions and more information at the Cornell Orchards website.

Seed packets are also available at Manndible Cafe in Mann Library.

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