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Congratulations Steve Reiners!

Steve Reiners Associate Chair of the Horticulture Section -- and Professor starting the first of the year.

Steve Reiners Associate Chair of the Horticulture Section — and Professor starting the first of the year.

From Dean Kathryn Boor:

One of the truly great pleasures of this job is being able to recognize our faculty and staff who have achieved wonderful things. I’m writing today to congratulate you (Steve Reiners) on achieving the status of Professor. Well-earned. Congratulations! This promotion will be effective January 1, 2015.

Restoring Spencer Lake talk Dec. 4

Spencer Lake from above.

Spencer Lake from above.

From Tom Whitlow:

You are cordially invited to attend my Restoration Ecology (HORT 4400) class presentation on Spencer Lake, soon to become Catatonk Creek again after more than 150 years of impoundment.

Restoring Spencer Lake to Catatonk Creek
A 158 Year Legacy

7:00 p.m. Thursday Dec. 4
Community Room, Ecology House
111 Country Club Rd., Ithaca, NY
(Behind African Studies on Triphammer Rd.)
Open to the campus and Ithaca community
For information, contact Tom Whitlow:

Hortus Forum poinsettia sale is on!

32 varieties. 2 pot sizes. Online ordering. What more could you ask for?

Visit Hortus Forum’s Facebook page or go directly to the club’s online ordering page to view your options.

If you have questions or prefer not to order online, contact club president David Harris:


HORT 1101 students visit Kenneth Post Lab greenhouses

Each fall, associate professor Frank Rossi introduces students to plants grown for food, beverages, fiber, aesthetics and recreation in HORT 1101 (Horticultural Science and Systems). Last Friday, with the help of associate professor and greenhouse horticulture specialist Neil Mattson, those students got a firsthand look at the various operations at Kenneth Post Lab greenhouses, including viewing poinsettias grown by Hortus Forum, Cornell’s undergraduate horticulture club and Wee Stinky, the about-to-bloom titan arum that is part of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium‘s collection.

View more HORT 1101 posts.

hort 1101 at kpl


hort 1101 at kpl

Photos: Frank Rossi


‘Wee Stinky’ to Bloom For First Time Since 2012

'Wee Stinky' at dawn November 14.

‘Wee Stinky’ at dawn November 14.

While it is difficult to predict exactly when, the Cornell University Titan Arum (dubbed ‘Wee Stinky’ when it flowered for the first time in March 2012) is poised to flower again.

Visiting Hours

Visiting Hours: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Hours will be extended once the plant blooms. For updates watch our Twitter and Facebook feeds.

You can also view the titan arum on a live webcamtrack its growth in numbers and images, and read updates on our blog.

Cornell Daily Sun science editor Kathleen Bitter previews the impending bloom in ‘Wee Stinky’ to Bloom For First Time Since 2012.

To learn more about Titan Arums, you can also view the Titan Arum YouTube playlist. Here’s a sample:

Processors, seed companies sample vegetables at NYSAES ‘cutting’

Processor and seed company representatives sample frozen peas at NYSAES ‘cuttng’.

Processor and seed company representatives sample frozen peas at NYSAES ‘cuttng’.

More than 40 people attended the annual fall processing vegetable ‘cutting’ November 6 to sample and compare canned and frozen peas, sweet corn, and snap beans trialed at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva, N.Y.

“It was the best turnout we’ve ever had,” says Jim Ballerstein, the research support specialist who manages the processing vegetable trials.

Attendees included representatives from processing and seed companies, including the top three vegetable seed companies in the world, adds Ballerstein.

The cutting included samples of 50 pea cultivars, 55 snap beans (canned and frozen), and 63 sweet corns (frozen kernel and whole ear).

Learn more about processing vegetable trials at NYSAES.

Susan Brown talks apple science on Science Friday this afternoon

Susan Brown

Susan Brown

Tune in this afternoon to hear Susan Brown, associate director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES), discuss Apple Science, From American Beauty to Zestar on Science Friday.

The show runs from 2 to 4 p.m. on public radio stations across the country and we expect Susan to be on during the first hour.  (Likely around 2:20 p.m.) You can listen locally on 89.5 FM in Geneva or on 91.5 FM in Ithaca. You can also stream it on or  listen to the podcast after the show airs.

Here’s the episode summary from the SciFri website:

The humble apple wears many faces, from the crisp and crunchy Honeycrisp to the soft and tannic Mac. How did apples get so diverse? Apple breeder Susan Brown explains the ins-and-outs of apple reproduction and reveals how modern plant genetics allows her to “stack the deck” in favor of crisp and sweet offspring. Plus, orchardist and apple historian Dan Bussey introduces us to some weird and wonderful heritage breeds.


Restored Geneva greenhouses aid agriculture research


Barton Laboratory Greenhouse

Following a multimillion-dollar makeover, the Barton Laboratory Greenhouse was dedicated Oct. 30 at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York. (Photo: Rob Way, CALS Communications)

Cornell Chronicle [2014-11-05]:

Researchers at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) in Geneva, New York, have a fully modernized network of greenhouses now that Barton Laboratory Greenhouse’s multimillion-dollar makeover is complete.

During a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 30, NYSAES welcomed New York state Sen. Michael Nozzolio ’73, M.S. ’77, who helped secure a $4.7 million grant for the reconstruction project in April 2013.

Nozzolio (R-54th Dist.) credited the agricultural research conducted at NYSAES with being an economic driver for the region as well as the entire state.

“The research that makes agriculture the number one industry in this state is done here,” Nozzolio said. “The reason why we have over 250 wineries in this state, and well over 110 right in the Finger Lakes region, is because of the research done here. Whether it’s Dr. Susan Brown making new varietals of apples, whether it’s the grape industry, those jobs in the orchards and the vineyards are in large part thanks to the research done here.”

Read the whole article.

Seminar video: Lighting Applications for Horticulture Crop Production

If you missed today’s seminar, Developing LED Photosynthetic, Photomorphogenic, and Photoperiod Lighting Applications for Horticulture Crop Production, with Roberto Lopez, Associate Professor of Horticulture, Purdue University, it’s available online.

Bassuk-Trowbridge garden in ‘Taking Root’

Old barn foundation at the Bassuk-Trowbridge garden.

Old barn foundation at the Bassuk-Trowbridge garden.

If you’ve ever visited Nina Bassuk and Peter Trowbridge‘s garden during their annual Daffodil Day open house and wondered what went into its design and construction, don’t miss Behind the Scenes in the Bassuk-Trowbridge Landscape in Taking Root, the newsletter and blog of the New York State Urban Forestry Council.

“What I love about the gardens is that there’s a powerful overall scheme integrated with small gardens that surprise and delight,” says landscape architect Dan Krall, a colleague of Peter’s at Cornell and a close family friend. “There are wonderful elements of contrast. As you move farther away from the house, things get a little wilder. You start with gardens that are highly maintained, and you are led to a meadow that feels like a big open English park.”

The article also details Nina and Peter’s bulb-planting practices, focus on foliage, and — of course — matching plants to challenging soil and environmental conditions.

Read the whole article.

In other recent posts, Nina discusses the early history of the New York State Urban Forestry Council and extolled the virtues of ‘White Shield’ Osage orange (Maclura pomifera).

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