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Hortus Forum, Cornell’s undergraduate horticulture club, will have a plant sale on the perennial pad by the green greenhouse complex at Kenneth Post Lab 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday August 11. Offerings include:

  • Astilbe
  • Peony
  • Sedum
  • Hosta
  • Hemerocallis
  • Eupatorium
  • Eucomis
  • And more

Prices: $5 per pot/$20 per five pots

Details and pictures on Hortus Forum Facebook page.

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Hortus Forum, Cornell’s undergraduate horticulture club, will  have a plant sale on the perennial pad by the green greenhouse complex at Kenneth Post Lab 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday August 6.  

All 1-gallon pots will be $5 or 5 for $20. All 2-gallon bleeding hearts and peonies will be $10.

find the plant in you hofo poster


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David Harris, Chrystal Stewart and Fred Gouker

David Harris, Chrystal Stewart and Fred Gouker

Some recent awards and recognitions:

Crystal Stewart, Cornell Cooperative Extension Regional Agriculture Specialist with the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program, was awarded an Achievement Award at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) held in Mobile, Alabama on July 22. The Achievement Award is presented to those agricultural agents that have been working in their field for less than 10 years but in that short time have made significant contributions to their profession.

Fred Gouker, PhD candidate in the Graduate Field of Plant Breeding and Genetics and member of Larry Smart’s lab was a co-winner of the Best Student Poster at the International Poplar and Willow Symposium VI July 21-23 in Vancouver, BC for his paper entitled Analysis of phenotypic and genetic diversity of a Salix purpurea association mapping population.

David Harris, a rising senior majoring in Plant Science with a minor in East Asian Studies received the Long Island Flower Growers Association (LIFGA) Scholarship. Harris’s career goal is to work for an international company that plans on expanding production or sales into Asia.

Update [2014-08-02] from Marvin Pritts: At the American Society for Horticultural Science meetings in Orlando this week, Terence Robinson received the Outstanding Extension Educator Award and Bill Miller delivered the B.Y. Morrison lecture. Also, Mary Meyer, Department of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota (M.S. Cornell, 73), delivered the presidential address.

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From Marvin Pritts, Horticulture Section chair:

Last Monday, 15 interns from Cornell Plantations and Cornell Orchards visited the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., to learn more about the research conducted there, including the berry, grape and apple breeding programs and the USDA germplasm repository. Interns also toured the food science processing plant, walked the station grounds to learn about the landscaping, and were joined for lunch by about 20 summer interns from the experiment station.

Cornell Orchards and Cornell Plantations interns sample  berries growing in high tunnels at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., June 30.

Cornell Orchards and Cornell Plantations interns sample berries growing in high tunnels at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., June 30.


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Hill harvest cardDilmun Hill, Cornell’s student-run farm, will have their first market of the season this Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Ag Quad. (This will also be the farm’s regular market day for the season.)

New this year is the Hill Harvests email list. To be added to the list, send a message to the Dilmun Hill student farm managers at and they’ll send you weekly messages listing what produce will be available.

You can also place orders in advance for pick up either at market or at the farm.

The student farm managers also host work parties Wednesdays and Sundays, 4 to 7 p.m.

Additional plans for the summer include a ‘Fire Fly Field Movie Night.’

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From Thomas Björkman:

On May 30, faculty, staff and students gathered at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva for the annual awards celebration:

Meredith Persico and Alan Lakso

Meredith Persico (left) is a junior Viticulture major at Cornell who will be doing a viticulture research project at the Station this summer thanks to a Shaulis scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of Geneva viticulture professor renowned for developing the principles and practices of vine balance. Professor Alan Lakso introduced her on his last official day of work after more than 40 years on the faculty.







Benjamin Gutierrez

Ben Gutierrez (right) was awarded the Perrine scholarship to support his graduate studies. Ben in a PhD student with Susan Brown and Ganyuan Zhong, studying the genetics of antioxidants in apples. The Perrine Endowment was created to support students’ research in pomology.









Bill Srmack

Bill Srmack was recognized for 40 years of service at the Station. He has been with the clonal repository since just before it was officially founded! He now is responsible for maintaining the thousands of accessions in the orchard of the national germplasm collection. Here he receives congratulations from PGRU Research Leader Ganyuan Zhong and curator Thomas Chao.

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A May 16 reception recognized award-winning Plant Science majors and Class of 2014 graduates. The awards included:

  • Zilu Zhou: 2013-2014 H.R. Schenkel Award winner
  • Matthew Bond: 2014 ASHS Collegiate Scholar, Ken Post Foundation Scholar
  • Celine Jennison: 2013 ASHS Collegiate Scholar
  • Brett Morgan: 2013 ASHS Collegiate Scholar
  • Nick Biebel: 2014 Cornell Outstanding Horticulture Student, Ken Post Foundation Scholar
  • Justin Kondrat: 2013 ASHS Collegiate Scholar
  • David Harris: 2014 ASHS Collegiate Scholar
  • Maddy Olberg: 2014 ASHS Collegiate Scholar, Ken Post Foundation Scholar

Conagratulations all!

2014 Plant Science award winners

Above, award winners, from left: Zilu Zhou, Matthew Bond, Celine Jennison, Brett Morgan, Nick Bibel, Justin Kondrat, David Harris, Maddy Olberg.

Plant Science graduates

Class of 2014 Plant Science majors who attended the reception. Back row, from left:  Andrew Morris, Matthew Bond, Brett Morgan, Nicholas Biebel, Justin Kondrat, Jeff Neyhart. Front row, from left: Elizabeth Simpson, Celine Jennison, Paige Roosa, Maddy Olberg.



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franny-with-diplomaWhether you were there or you missed out, you’ll want to check out Carol Grove‘s album from the Plant Science Breakfast and Degree Ceremony.

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Reposted from CALS Notes.
Celine and Christian

Guest Post from Christian Shaw ’14 and Céline Jennison ‘14

“Having both grown up enjoying water sports, we feel a responsibility to work towards protecting our playground for generations to come. Along with a group of three other friends who are athletes and devoted conservationists like us, we will travel to Bermuda for a ten-day, muscle-powered, stand-up paddle expedition to be launched on June 8, World Oceans Day. This expedition – named Plastic Tides – is dedicated to raising awareness about coastal plastic pollution. As part of our mission, we will collect scientific data for the marine microplastics project sponsored by Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation. We also ultimately hope to inspire other passionate watermen and women to get out there and stand up for the environment!

Plastic Tides was conceived in the fall of 2012 at a National Geographic Young Explorers workshop at Cornell University. The workshop really opened our eyes to what was possible, and that afternoon the ideas began to flow. Bermuda’s location in the Sargasso Sea and North Atlantic Trash Gyre makes it the perfect place for documenting breathtaking natural beauty alongside the ever-growing presence of coastal plastic pollution.

The expedition will include seaweed documentation in collaboration with the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science (BIOS), as well as local school visits.” Plastitides graphic

Check out the Plastic Tides website, or follow the effort on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to learn more and find out how you can become involved in saving our precious coastal waters from pollution.

Celine and Christian

And as part of their fundraising campaign for camera equipment and backcountry living gear for the expedition, Christian and Céline have organized a friendly stand-up paddle race and BBQ on Cayuga Lake on May 18th that is open to all. Ithacans and Cornellians are invited to join the fun! You can register here.  

Christian Shaw ‘14 is a CALS Interdisciplinary Studies graduate. He’s also a professional kiteboarder and avid waterman from Ithaca, NY. He recently graduated from Cornell where he studied sustainability and business. While at Cornell, he pursued his passion for watersports and founded the SUP, Surf, and Kiteboarding clubs on campus. His lifelong goal is to combine watersports with environmental education and awareness in pursuit of a sustainable future. Christian is the team leader of the Plastic Tides project. 

Céline Jennison ’14 is a Plant Science major whose passion for plants is truly engrained within her. At the age of ten she developed an immune deficiency and an herbalist restored her balance within a year, opening her eyes to the power of plants. As a windsurfer and Sorbonne University intern, her passion for terrestrial flora now encompasses marine flora, namely seaweed. Celine has been actively engaged on campus. She founded the undergraduate windsurfing club, is president of the Cornell Permaculture Club (creating the Trillium permaculture garden), and serves as student director of the CALS Alumni Association.

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Matthew and Maddy with rejuvenated planter in Plant Science foyer.

Matthew and Maddy with rejuvenated planter in Plant Science foyer.

Members of the horticulture honor society Pi Alpha Xi and Hortus Forum, Cornell’s undergraduate horticulture club, have teamed up to rejuvenate the long-neglected planters in the foyer of Plant Science Building.

Matthew Bond ’14 and Maddy Olberg ’14 took time out from studying for finals Tuesday to pull out the dusty old plants and replace them new Spathiphyllum (Peace Lilies), Peperomia, and creeping Ficus — chosen because they can weather the low-light and otherwise unfriendly conditions in the foyer.

Other society and club members will help maintain the planters.

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