Announcements

September 14, 2016

Throughout the semester, the Department of Horticultural Science hosts speakers from the U and beyond in our Wednesday Seminar series. Seminars are held every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in 310 Alderman Hall, and all are invited to attend. See a PDF of the full Fall 2016 schedule or use the Google Calendar to the left to add seminars directly to your own calendar.

July 8, 2016

The Spring/Summer 2016 issue of our bi-annual Alumni & Friends Newsletter was recently released. Click on the link to download a PDF of the newsletter, or see full versions of all the articles online in the Current News section of our website.

March 14, 2016

Are you looking to connect with current students to pass on advice and answer questions they have about your field? From noon to 1 p.m. on April 13 the department is hosting an alumni panel. Participants will get a free lunch and a gift from the department, as well as parking paid for if needed. If you’re interested in participating, please fill out this short form and we’ll get in touch with you.

January 26, 2016

Throughout the semester, the Department of Horticultural Science hosts speakers from the U and beyond in our Wednesday Seminar series. Seminars are held every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in 310 Alderman Hall, and all are invited to attend. See a PDF of the full Spring 2016 schedule or use the Google Calendar to the left to add seminars directly to your own calendar.

December 2, 2015

The Department of Horticultural Science is proud to open nominations for our inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award. This award will honor an alumnus/alumna who has attained professional distinction in horticultural science as evidenced by outstanding professional achievement on a state, national or international level. Nominees will be chosen based on their demonstrated distinction in their professional lives, recognition as an authority within the field of horticultural science, and exceptional service to or volunteer activities in her/his field. The recipient of the award is asked to attend the Kermit Olson Memorial Lecture on April 13, 2016. Their visit will entail participating in discussions with undergraduate students on career development, speaking to class(es), and attending the Kermit Olson Lecture.

Eligibility

  • Candidates must have received at least one of the following degrees from the Department of Horticultural Science: 
    • Baccalaureate degree with a major in Horticulture, Environmental Horticulture, Animal & Plant Systems, Science in Agriculture, Food Systems, or Plant Science
    • Master of Agriculture
    • Master of Professional Studies in Horticulture
    • Graduate degree advised by a faculty member of Horticultural Science.
  • Nominees may be a group of alumni who collaboratively and individually meet the distinguished alumni award criteria.
  • Current staff or faculty in the Department of Horticultural Science or sitting Regents, are not eligible for this award.

Nominations

Anyone may nominate an individual for this award, and individuals are welcome to self-nominate. Nominate an individual onlineNominations are due by midnight on January 6, 2016. Contact Echo Martin (mart1794@umn.edu) with any questions.

September 4, 2015

Throughout the semester, the Department of Horticultural Science hosts speakers from the U and beyond in our Wednesday Seminar series. Seminars are held every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in 310 Alderman Hall, and all are invited to attend. See a PDF of the full Fall 2015 schedule or use the Google Calendar to the left to add seminars directly to your own calendar.

July 23, 2015

On June 12 the department hosted a reception to thank Pat and Margaret Luby, pictured above with President Kaler and spouse Karen Kaler, for establishing the Luby Family Honeycrisp Chair for Fruit Crop Innovation. Their generous donation will ensure continued research innovation in fruit crop breeding, genetics, and variety development for years to come. 

April 20, 2015
  • Sign up for HORT 2031 today!What does organic and sustainable horticultural food production mean?
  • What is the role of organics in food security and does it have the potential to feed the world?
  • How does food choice and consumer behavior impact natural resources and the environment?
  • What are the potential benefits, limitations, misconceptions and ethics of biotechnology in organic and sustainable food systems?
  • How do GMOs and pesticide use fit into these production systems?
  • What are current organic and urban agriculture endeavors in the Twin Cities? 

Discuss the answers to these questions and more when you sign up to take HORT 2031 this fall with Mary Rogers. The class is held Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-5:15 p.m. on East Bank and fulfills the Lib Ed requirement of Environment.

April 2, 2015

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2015 Kermit A. Olson Memorial Lecture and Scholarship Ceremony on April 1, and congratulations to all of our scholarship and award winners. Because of our generous donors, in 2015 we awarded over $60,000 in scholarships. See the full list of recipients and the scholarships they won below, or go to Facebook to see pictures from the event. The criteria for each scholarship can be seen on our Scholarships page.

2015 Kermit Olson ReceptionVincent K. Bailey Scholarship
Kelly Aves
Eric Branch
Jace Galley
Michael Gates
Connor Hagemeyer
Reilly McNaught
Baylee Miller
Veronica Sondervan
Emily Swanson
Stefan Swenson

Thomas M. and Drusilla Paist McGill Scholarship
Matthew Erickson
Laura Hayes
Sarah Holle
Jaana Iverson
Moriah Maternoski
Drew Zagala

Phil and Mary Allen Scholarship
Jennifer Lavalley
Sonora Nolan-Rapatz

St. Anthony Park Garden Club Scholarship2015 Kermit Olson Scholarship Winners
Victoria Housewright

Minnesota Garden
Flower Society Scholarship
Matthew Ng

Arthur E. Hutchins Scholarship
Rachel Brann
Ellen Goedtke
Samuel Voss

Edgar & Arlene Graupman Scholarship
Lauren Innes
Alatheia Stenvik

Dale & Ingebor
Smith Scholarship
Moriah Maternoski

2015 Kermit Olson Outstanding Student Employee AwardsGideon Memorial Scholarship
Matthew Erickson

Leon C. Snyder Scholarship
Mitchal Peterson
Tyler Schmidt
Marie Sorensen
Aaryn Wilson

Soil & Sunshine Garden Club
Erin Pfarr

Richard A. Hamilton Scholarship
Mitchal Peterson

Markhart Organics Scholarship
Kevalin Auluck-Wilson
Nicholas Greatens
Moriah Maternoski
Evelyn Reilly
Angela Schuster2015 Kermit Olson Scholarship Ceremony
Xin Sia
Yordanose Solomone
Aaryn Wilson

Wagner’s Greenhouse Scholarship
Matthew Ng

George and Mary Lou Klacan Scholarship
Erica Gardner

Gordon & Margaret Bailey Scholarship
Caitlin Barnhart
Laura Hayes
Victoria Hoeppner
Aaryn Wilson

Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association Scholarship
Victoria Housewright
Beth Lande2015 Kermit Olson Lecture presented by Jim Veteto
Rebecca Splichal
Ashley Trout
Drew Zagala

ASHS Collegiate Scholars Awards
Caitlin Barnhart
Jory Brettingen
Ryan Gavin
Moriah Maternoski
Ziyi Qian
Christopher Scofield
Ana Taylor
Natalie Vandenburgh

ASHS Outstanding Undergraduate Student
Sarah Mittelstadt

The Gordon and Margaret Bailey Scholarship for MPS
Andrew Haberman
Alexandra Hussey
Michele Manske
Richard Traugott

Daniels Fellowship in Horticulture
Nick Howard
Sarah Kostick
Soon Li Teh

Hueg Landscape Arboretum Research Fellowship
Emily Ellingson

Reid Landscape-Horticulture Fellowship
Madeline Leslie

Fellowship in Plant Developmental Biology
Molly Kreiser

Munich & Wahler Memorial Fellowship
Jared Rubinstein

William H. Alderman Memorial Graduate Award
Hannah Swegarden

Outstanding Student Employee Award
Laura Hayes
Connor Klemenhagen
Lindsey Miller

Outstanding Staff Service Award
Bill Peters

March 6, 2015

Please join us for our annual Kermit Olson lecture on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. There will be an appetizer reception at 6p.m., awards and lecture will begin at 7p.m. 

For planning purposes, please RSVP online.

Biocultural Diversity of Heirloom Vegetable and Fruit Cultivars in the American Mountain South

Lecture featuring guest speaker Dr. James VetetoAssistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Western Carolina University.
Read more about this year's lecture.

January 29, 2015

Horticultural Science Seminar Series

The Department of Horticultural Science hosts weekly seminars featuring professors, researchers, and other professionals doing interesting work in the field of horticultural science. Seminars are held every Wednesday at 3:30pm in 310 Alderman Hall and all are invited to attend. Download a PDF of the full Spring 2015 schedule or add the seminars to your Google Calendar.

January 22, 2015

Solid Set Canopy Delivery Systems: A Precision Agriculture Approach for High Density Tree Fruit
Presented by Matthew J. Grieshop, Associate Professor, MSU Entomology
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
3:30p.m.–4:30p.m. in Alderman 310

The transformation of apple canopies from large spherical volumes to fruiting walls has been one of the most dramatic changes in horticultural practices over the past 3 decades. Spray application techniques, however, have not kept pace. We have developed and evaluated a revolutionary solid set canopy delivery system (SSCDS) optimized for delivering foliar inputs to fruiting walls. Two years of research indicate that our prototype SSCDS can provide adequate coverage, insect and disease management in high density apples.

In addition, our SSCDS was used to modify canopy microclimate through evaporation cooling. We delated bloom in cherries by 11 days and applesby 8 days — while using 6 fold less water than traditional evaporation cooling approaches. This opens the door to manipulating tree phenology to avoid frost events. A variety of challenges remain in the engineering of our system, including the automataion of fault checking and moving to a hybrid pneumatic/hydraulic delivery system.

December 8, 2014

January 14-16, 2014
Minneapolis Convention Center

Northern Green Expo is the largest trade show and educational conference in the region dedicated exclusively to green industry professionals. Students get a reduced price for the conference, and they can apply for a conference scholarship to help cover attendance.