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Annual flower trials at Bluegrass Lane – 2010 photo gallery

composite of best flowers from 2009 trialsImages, ratings and other data from the 2010 annual flower trials at Bluegrass Lane Turf and Landscape Research Center are now available online.

The 2010 trials tested 178 cultivars of recently released or not-yet-available annual flower and foliage plants. Staff photographed and rated each cultivar every two weeks through the growing season on flowering impact, foliage, uniformity and overall landscape value.

The cream of the crop — best overall and best in category — are featured on the site’s Recognition page.

Six companies helped sponsor the 2010 trials:

The research facility is not usually open to the public. But you can view this year’s trials at the Cornell Floriculture Field Day, July 19. Several open houses are in spring and summer are tentatively planned, as well.

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Small Farms Program cited for community engagement

Cornell Small Farms Program promotes sustainability

Cornell Small Farms Program promotes sustainability

The Cornell Small Farms Program — based in the Department of Horticulture — is cited as a prime example of community engagement in a Cornell Chronicle article, CU recognized as an ‘institution of community engagement’.

“The Cornell Small Farms Program promotes the sustainability of small farms that contribute to food security and healthy rural communities; it also offers cooperative extension programs, such as online classes for beginning farmers, and provides neutral information about the needs of small farms to inform public policy decisions.”

The occasion is the announcement that Cornell has been recognized the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Learning:

“For its community engagement, the university has earned the nation’s top recognition. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching — whose classifications of colleges and universities are considered the country’s gold standard — has designated Cornell an ‘institution of community engagement,’ Carnegie announced today (Jan. 5). Cornell is now one of only 311 U.S. colleges and universities to receive this classification.”

Read the whole article.

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