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Garden Club Presents Award to Dr. Susan Brown

Allyn’s Creek Garden Club in Rochester, NY awarded Dr. Susan Brown, Professor of Horticultural Sciences at Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, The Garden Club of America Club Horticulture Commendation for Excellence in the Field of Horticulture.

Dr. Brown Receives Garden Club Award

Founded in 1928, Allyn’s Creek is a fifty member club active in its community with recent projects ranging from establishing and maintaining gardens at two historic homesteads in the Town of Brighton, to the planting of seventy-five trees to buffer and beautify a highway intersection, to the aid in purchasing land at the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, to plantings in the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden at the Strong National Museum of Play.

The club was honored to present Dr. Brown with her award.  Club members were able to appreciate Dr. Brown’s skills when she led one of the club’s most successful programs at the Agricultural Experiment Station in October 2007.  Members came away with a good deal more knowledge of the subject of apple breeding, but were also awed by it complexity and the extent of Dr. Brown’s expertise.

Garden Club Award

Allyn’s Creek also invited Dr. Brown to speak at the Garden Club of America’s Zone III Annual Meeting held in Albany, NY, June 9 – 11, 2009.  She discussed that Cornell’s apple breeding program is well known for the apple varieties it has produced.  Best known are ‘Cortland’, ‘Macoun’, ‘Jonamac’, ‘Jonagold’ and ‘Empire’ as well as the scab resistant apple ‘Liberty’.  Susan spoke about the opportunities to improve apples by traditional breeding and what we are learning through the use of biotechnology and explained how advances in genetics are helping plant scientists to develop apples with better quality, higher vitamin C and unique characteristics.  It was at this meeting that her commendation award was announced.

Dr. Brown was presented her award on July 7, 2009 by Allyn’s Creek’s Awards Chair, Katherine Parsons.

Special guest at the presentation was The Garden Club of America Martin McLaren Scholarship Interchange Fellow to United States, Edward James Miles, from Stoke-on-Trent, UK.  Ed is a graduate student in the Department of Horticultural Sciences, where he is pursuing his Ph.D. focusing on sustainable agriculture with Steve Reiners.  Others attending were Allyn’s Creek Garden Club’s President, Susan van der Stricht, Past Presidents, Irena Guinness and Cathy Westerfeld, and other club members.

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