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Camp Mushroom cultivates new growers

Reposted from CALS Notes

There is a camp for just about everything, including mushrooms.

Even though it’s been offered for nearly a decade, Camp Mushroom consistently sells out. To satisfy the waitlist from the April workshop, a one-day workshop was held on June 7 at MacDaniels Nut Grove, Cornell’s forest farming and agroforestry research center located east of the Cornell Orchards.

“Mushroom growing has increased quite rapidly,” said instructor Steve Gabriel, the Cornell Cooperative Extension agroforestry specialist. He is also the co-founder of the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute and a mushroom grower on Wellspring Forest Farm, which he runs with his wife Elizabeth.

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Visit the Cornell Mushroom Cultivation website.

Steve Gabriel

Agroforestry specialist Steve Gabriel

Turf field day at Bluegrass Lane

More than 40 golf course superintendents and other turf professionals spent the morning on Thursday learning about the latest turfgrass research taking place at the Bluegrass Lane Turf and Landscape Research Facility adjacent to the Robert Trent Jones golf course northeast of campus.

Among the highlights:

Horticulture graduate student Grant Thompson explains his research using 13C carbon dioxide to label grasses, which he will clip and return to lawns to study the fate of carbon in different urban soils.

Grant Thompson explains researuc

Associate professor Frank Rossi explains how overseeding overused athletic fields can help maintain safe playing conditions.

Rossi explains overseeding

Rossi discusses a new collaboration with Consumer Reports to evaluate robotic lawn mowers.

Rossi and robotic mower

Robotic mowers at work:

Commencement pictures

Last Sunday, Carol Grove attended her last commencement breakfast and ceremony as Graduate Field Assistant. (She retires June 5.) As usual, she took some great pictures.

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Bill Borgstede MPS '15 and his advisor and associate professor in the Horticulture Section Frank Rossi.

Bill Borgstede MPS ’15 and his advisor and associate professor in the Horticulture Section Frank Rossi.

Weekend wildflower walk

From Marvin Pritts, Horticulture Section chair:

Eighteen intrepid hikers headed off to Thatcher’s Pinnacles in the Danby State Forest on Sunday to see an incredible view and many wildflowers and uncommon trees. Along the trail we observed American chestnut and chestnut oak, along with pink lady’s slipper in full bloom, Trillium grandiflorum, Canada mayflower, Gnaphalium obtusifolium, starflower, Polygala, geranium, Uvularia, and many more.

weekend wildflower walkers

Horticulture Outreach Day and Hortus Forum final sale May 8

Poppy cyanotype

Poppy cyanotype

Hortus Forum, Cornell’s undergraduate horticulture club, will have its final plant sale of the school year on Friday, May 8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hortus Forum greenhouse at the Kenneth Post Lab greenhouse complex on Tower Rd. (Directions.)

The students will be selling their usual selection of tropicals and succulents, plus pitcher plants, air plants, ferns, ivy topiaries, and lots of spring bulbs (tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils).

And as long as you’re in the area, be sure to check out SoHo’s Horticulture Outreach Day activities …

From Jeffrey Beem-Miller, Society of Horticulture for Graduate Students (SoHo):

Our planned Horticulture Outreach Day that was postponed because of rain and cold weather has been rescheduled:

Friday, May 8, 1 to 3 p.m. in the Horton classroom at Kenneth Post Lab.

Come learn about plant propagation, make beautiful artwork with plant materials (cyanotypes, right), create soil painting and compete with the bees for prizes in a game of pollination at the annual Horticultural Outreach Day.

hort outreach day flower


Dilmun Hill Field Day May 9

field day flyer

Come join us at Dilmun Hill Student Farm for a day of sun and fun!

Festivities include:

1pm – 3pm: Farming – get your hands dirty building beds, sow and plant. Wear closed-toe shoes.

3pm – 5pm: Fun and Food

  • Plant your own seeds
  • Create seed-filled Mother’s Day Cards
  • Make seed bombs
  • Music
  • Food


Horticulture Outreach Day April 22

Poppy cyanotype

Poppy cyanotype

From Jeffrey Beem-Miller, Society of Horticulture for Graduate Students (SoHo):

Celebrate Horticulture this Earth Day! Come learn about plant propagation, make beautiful artwork with plant materials (cyanotypes, right), and compete with the bees for prizes in a game of pollination at the annual Horticultural Outreach Day.

April 22 (Earth Day), 12 to 2 p.m.
On the Ag Quad south (by Plant Science)

SIPS seminar video: Engineering the symbiotic signalling pathway of cereals

If you missed yesterday’s School of Integrative Plant Science seminar, Engineering the symbiotic signalling pathway of cereals, with Giles Oldroyd, Project Leader, Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, John Innes Centre, it’s available online.

More seminar videos: Horticulture | School of Integrative Plant Science

Dreer seminar: Seedbombs and Teatime – The Imperfect Parks of Christchurch, N.Z.

Ian Peach in New Zealand

Ian Peach in New Zealand

Ian Peach, 2014 Frederick Dreer Award recipient will be presenting a seminar on his travels to Christchurch, New Zealand and the landscape architectural response to the earthquake.

His talk is entitled:

Seedbombs and Teatime: The Imperfect Parks of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Wednesday April 22, 12:15 p.m.
461 Kennedy Hall

The Frederick Dreer Award, administered by the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, offers wonderful opportunity for one or more students to spend 4 months to up to a year abroad pursuing his or her interests related to horticulture. The application deadline for the current cycle has passed. But you can view the application and instructions to start planning ahead for the 2016 award.

Detrick to speak on alpine plants April 18

Emily Detrick

Emily Detrick

Emily Detrick, graduate student in the Public Garden Leadership program, will speak on Cultivating Alpine Plants in the Northeast at the April 18 meeting of the Adirondack Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society.

Before coming to Cornell, Detrick was the alpine horticulturist at Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, N.Y., where she worked with a diverse collection of alpine plants from around the world developed by the late Frank Cabot and long-time director Caroline Burgess. Detrick will share what she learned about which alpine plants and growing practices are best suited to the inhospitable conditions they face in Ithaca and the Northeast.

The program is free and open to the public and starts at 1 p.m in Plant Science 404. Bring a brown bag lunch and socialize starting noon.