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Bassuk receives AHS Teaching Award

Nina Bassuk, professor in the Horticulture Section and director of Cornell’s Urban Horticulture Institute has been honored with the Teaching Award in the American Horticultural Society’s 2015 Great American Gardeners Awards.

The award is given to an individual whose ability to share his or her horticultural knowledge with others has contributed to a better public understanding of the plant world and its important influence on society.

AHS notes that in addition to teaching college classes, Bassuk is co-author of Trees in the Urban Landscape: Site Assessment, Design, and Installation (Wiley, 2004), and has published more than 100 papers on urban horticulture such as evaluations of improved plant selections for difficult sites and improved transplanting technology. Bassuk is a member of the executive committee of the New York State Urban Forestry Council and received the Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal and Award in 2008 from the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. AHS previously recognized Bassuk with their Urban Beautification Award in 1992.

Earlier this year, Bassuk received the Frederick Law Olmsted Award from the Arbor Day Foundation and was named a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow.

Bassuk instructs students before planting.

Bassuk instructs ‘Urban Eden’ students before planting Tower Rd. bioswale, September 2014.

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