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Lindsay Jordan

Lindsay Jordan

Mark you calendar…

Lindsay Jordan (MS ’14) will deliver her Dreer Award seminar detailing her recent adventures exploring cool-season viticulture in New Zealand February 4 at 12:15 p.m. in Plant Science 22.

The Frederick Dreer Award, administered by the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, funds one or more students to spend 4 months to up to a year abroad pursuing his or her interests related to horticulture.

See the instructions that spell out the applications procedure. Basically it is quite simple. Submit a written proposal to the Dreer Committee by the deadline (March 2, 2015 in this cycle), which is followed by an informal interview, generally in a week or two. The horticulture faculty receive the recommendation of the Dreer Committee and vote on the nominee.

dreer award poster

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Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York offers a Summer Research Scholars Program where undergraduate students can participate in exciting research projects in one of four disciplines including; Entomology,Food ScienceHorticulture, and Plant Pathology/Plant-Microbe Biology.

The student interns will have the opportunity to work with faculty, their graduate students, postdocs, and staff on research projects that can be laboratory or field-based.

The submission deadline for all application related material is February 13, 2015.

More information.

Find more internship opportunities on the Horticulture Internship blog.

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Melissa Kitchen

Melissa Kitchen

 Melissa J. Kitchen, graduate student in Public Garden Leadership, was recently featured in this first-person account in Grower Talks [2014-11-26]:           

Horticulture has always been an important part of my life, but it wasn’t until my mid-20s that I discovered it as a career path. I’m a horticulture transplant. Get it?

I was in dentistry by default, but I always found ways to have some horticulture in my life. I convinced my boss to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days. He made a donation and in return they supplied us with daffodils to hand out to our patients. On my lunch breaks, I would wander the parking lot looking for wildflowers to pick. I would display them on my desk for our patients to admire. After the workday, I took evening classes in floral design through the local community college.

When I was 25, I enrolled in undergraduate studies in Plant Science at Cornell University. I loved the diversity of classes—Plant & Human Well-being, Annual & Perennial Plants, Berry Crops, Plant Function and Growth, Principles of Plant Propagation, Taxonomy of Cultivated Plants, Plant Genetics, Soil Science, Weed Science, Magical Mushrooms & Mischievous Molds, Insect Biology. Who knew that you could go to school and actually learn about the things that you love? It certainly was news to me!

Read the whole article.

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psc students

Looking for a spring break that’s both fun and rewarding?

Cornell’s Public Service Center Student Services Program organizes alternative spring breaks to promote service-learning through direct public service with various communities to heighten social awareness, enhance personal growth, and advocate lifelong social action.

This spring, of the Center’s offerings involves working with the Goddard Riverside Community Center’s Green Keepers

Green Keepers is Goddard’s social purpose business that provides horticulture and sanitation services throughout the NYC area. It was established in 1995 with experienced team members that meet the specific needs of a particular project or complement current, ongoing services. Each team is led by a certified horticulturist who ensures that each project is completed to the highest standard.

The beautification services include landscaping, planting, mulching, soil preparation, weeding, pruning and watering of public, commercial and residential properties. The sanitation services include general street-cleaning and maintenance, snow removal, and preparation of trash and recycling for pick up.

During this trip, students will work with a certified horticulturalist on a project to be determined during the spring semester depending on seasonal horticultural needs.

Visit the PSC website for more information.

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Phil Griffiths and melons

  • HORT 4025 (Horticultural Crop Improvement)
  • Spring semester
  • 2 credits
  • Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:25 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • Instructor: Phillip D. Griffiths

The class provides insight and exposure to the unique challenges associated with the improvement of horticultural crops and is intended for undergraduate students majoring in Plant Sciences, graduate students in the Graduate Field of Horticulture and those in other disciplines with an interest in horticulture.

Areas covered focus on real-world issues addressing changes in production environments, aesthetics, markets, postharvest quality and consumer demands and how they impact marketable yield.

Horticultural crops have diverse challenges from the development of seedless crops and the selection and propagation of clonal genotypes to high quality expectations, year-round consistency, consumer acceptance and targeting of new controlled environment production.

There are no prerequisites, but prior classes in introductory horticulture and genetics are recommended.

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From Frank Rossi, who introduces students to plants grown for foods, beverages, fiber, aesthetics and recreation in HORT 1101 (Horticultural Science and Systems). View more HORT 1101 posts.

The lab for the week has become an annual tradition: Another hands-on/take home on producing indigo dye from Indigofera tinctoria. We’ve been exploring the culture, history and chemistry of indigo dye, culminating in this week’s lab where students used indigo dye to to create a class banner and turn a piece of clothing into a work of art to take home.

This artistic endeavor was a perfect ending to a semester exploring the art and science of horticulture.

HORT 1101 students with banner and clothing dyed in Friday's lab.Preview


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Kenneth Post Laboratory Greenhouses, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  (View map.)

32 varieties. 2 pot sizes. There are still plenty of poinsettias to choose from, though some varieties and pot sizes are already sold out.

Visit the club’s online ordering page to view this year’s options.

Questions? Contact club president David Harris:


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If you’d like to catch a glimpse of students’ final projects in Marcia Eames-Sheavly’s Art of Horticulture class, you can sneak a peek online.

You can also see previous classes’ work (as well as other class projects and videos) by visiting the Art of Horticulture’s gallery page.

Art of Hort project

Open Your Eyes. Click image for larger view.

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From Betsy Leonard, ‘81, Organic Farm Coordinator, Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station (CUAES):

The 2014 season was a great success Dilmun Hill, Cornell’s student-run farm! I hope you can come to join us in celebrating the end of the season, sharing updates on Dilmun Hill and learning about our plans for the future. Lunch foods provided!

What: Dilmun 2014 Season Wrap-Up
Where: 102 Mann Library
When: Dec. 6th 12:00pm-2:00pm.

There will presentations reviewing the happenings at the farm this past season. Topics will include:

  • New steering members
  • Vegetable production in review
  • Outreach events
  • New organizational structure
  • And much more.

There will also be a slide show and refreshments!

dilmun hill wrap up poster

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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:


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