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Seminar videos

If you weren’t able to make it in person, online videos are available for selected recent seminars from the Department of Horticulture seminar series and other events:

More seminar videos.

N.Y. vegetables rebound in 2010

Stephen ReinersFrom Stephen Reiners (right), Associate Professor, Horticulture, Cornell University who issues an annual vegetable crop summary based on statistics from the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets:

After a cold, rainy summer in 2009 reduced yields, 2010 turned out to be a more profitable year for New York Vegetable growers. The fresh market side saw planted acres stay around 88,000 and the value of 14 crops for which statistics are kept increased to almost $450 million, from a low of $386 million in 2009.

The value increase was due, unfortunately, to higher per acre yields as average prices declined compared to 2009. Cabbage edged out sweet corn to be the highest valued crop in New York, worth almost $75 million. For fresh market crops, sweet corn continues to be grown on the most acres at 23,500.

Read the whole report.

New online course: Garden Design

garden_designx300Introduction to Garden Design
April 1 to May 19, 2011.
Cost: $500.
Enrollment limited to 12 students.

About the course

  • Learn garden site analysis and apply the concepts to your personal space.
  • Gain proficiency in basic garden design principals.
  • Articulate your personal aesthetic — what appeals to you, and what you enjoy.
  • Lay out a rough site plan overview of your garden design.

You’ll do all that and more if you take this 6-week online course (7 week including the introductory week), which provides an opportunity for you to design your own garden. You will be studying and experimenting with the basic design procedures, learning about proper plant selection, and you will write and reflect on the process as you learn. The instructor will take an active role in this creative endeavor by providing feedback on your assignments and journal entries. You will also have the opportunity to learn from one another through an open forum in which you can share your ideas with others.

This course is designed to encourage your discovery of basic garden design techniques. It is a garden design course for the beginner. We teach an approach to gardening that is based on the principle of right plant, right place. In other words, we will consider the needs of the plant in addition to the needs of the gardener.

Course schedule:

  • Introduction Week: Welcome & Introductions
  • Week 1: Site Assessment Part 1
  • Week 2: Site Assessment Part 2 / Basic Design Principles: Personal Style, Garden Unity, and Maintenance
  • Week 3: Basic Design Principles: Scale & Proportion, Balance & Symmetry, Repetition, Movement
  • Week 4: Basic Design Principles: Color, Form & Texture
  • Week 5: Designing Your Garden: Choosing & Buying Plants
  • Week 6: Designing Your Garden: Final Project and Buying Plants

View more information/registration.

Full syllabus.

Tulip sale today!

Hortus Forum is selling potted and cut tulips today (Tuesday, March 1) in the lobby of Plant Science Building until 4 p.m.

Stop in and buy a little piece of spring!

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