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We are able to award scholarship money to students each year and put on this awards ceremony because of the generous support of our alumni and friends. As part of our horticulture community, you have helped to create the legacy in which our students will follow. Thank you for your investment in the future of horticulture!
Learn more about how you can continue to impact the lives of our students on our Support the Department page.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Networking Lunch with faculty speaker Tom Michaels
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Graduate Lightning Talks Competition with Input Session
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Research Input Session: This will be an opportunity for stakeholders to help UMN scientists identify research topics that address important horticulture industry challenges.
Kermit A. Olson Memorial Lecture
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
"The Amazing World of Seeds"
Presented by Phil S. Allen
Outstanding Alumnus award. Allen’s primary role is as a professor of landscape management at Brigham Young University. Allen is an active scientist whose research focuses on seed performance under adverse
conditions. His current research projects include biological control of invasive species, restoration of sagebrush ecosystems, and simulation models for seed germination. He has been adorned with numerous teaching, service, and professional awards including the Educator of the Year award from the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and a Lifetime Leadership Award from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).
We are proud to add our award to his list of accomplishments. To learn more about Professor Allen’s work and help to congratulate him on his achievements, join us on April 10.
All events are free and open to the public.
About the Kermit A. Olson Memorial Lecture
About the Kermit A. Olson Memorial Lecture
The Kermit A. Olson Memorial Lecture was established at the University of Minnesota in 1970, through an endowment from the estate of Kermit A. Olson. The purpose of the fund is to provide an annual lecture by an outstanding horticulturist or landscape architect. Administration of the lectureship is under the direction of the head of the department.
Kermit A. Olson was a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a major in horticultural science. Following graduation, he became superintendent of the Soil Conservation Service Nursery at Winona. After four years of military service during World War II—in the South Pacific with the 303rd Air Force—he served as the landscape consultant for the Veteran’s Administration, and the manager of the Grandview Seed Store in Edina, the Farm Store in Excelsior, and the Danish Seed Store in Minneapolis. At the time of his death, he was head horticulturist at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Minneapolis.
- 1972 Graham William Ashworth, Architect and Civic Planner, Manchester, England
- 1973 A. G. L. Hellyer, Writer and Lecturer, Sussex, England
- 1974 Ronald Taven, Department of Horticulture, University of Missouri
- 1975 John Creech, Director, National Arboretum, Washington, D.C.
- 1976 John Voight, Director, Boerner Botanical Garden, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- 1977 Frederick Belden, Landscape Architect, Colonial Williamsburg
- 1978 William R. Nelson, Jr., Deptartment of Horticulture and Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois
- 1979 Abraham Halevy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel
- 1980 Darrel G. Morrison, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Wisconsin
- 1981 Merle H. Jensen, Department of Plant Science, University of Arizona
- 1982 James W. Wilson, Executive Secretary, All-American Selections National Garden Bureau, Inc., Sycamore, Illinois
- 1983 Wesley P. Hackett, Department of Horticultural Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota
- 1984 James F. Tammen, President, Oglevee Associates, Inc., Connelseville, Pennsylvania
- 1985 A. Carl Leopold, Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
- 1986 J.L. Ozbun, Dean, Washington State University, College of Agriculture and Home Economics
- 1987 Elmer L. Anderson, Minnesota Governor, Newspaper Publisher, Collector of Rare Botanical Books
- 1988 Robert L. Thayer, Jr., Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Davis
- 1989 Robert E. Lyons, Professor of Horticulture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
- 1990 Richard H. Mattson, Professor of Horticulture, Kansas State University
- 1991 Ralph Scorza, Research Leader, USDA/ARS, Kearneysville, West Virginia
- 1992 Calvin R. Sperling, Plant Exploration Officer, USDA/ARS, Beltsville, Maryland
- 1993 Peter H. Raven, Director of Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri
- 1994 Patricia G. Gensel, Paleobotanist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- 1995 David Pimentel, Insect Ecology & Agricultural Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
- 1996 Harold B. Turkey, Jr., Hill Visiting Professor, Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota, Urban Horticulture, University of Seattle
- 1997 Martin J. Bukovac, Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing
- 1998 Irwin Goldman, Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin, Madison
- 1999 Jerald Schnoor, Miller Distinguished Professor, University of Iowa, Iowa City
- 2000 Jeffrey Kahn, Director, Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota
- 2001 Paul Alan Cox, Director, National Tropical Botanical Garden
- 2002 Roger S. Ulrich, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Architecture, Texas A&M
- 2003 Richard J. Campbell, Senior Curator, Tropical Fruit Program, Fairchild Tropical Garden, Coral Gables, Florida
- 2004 Paul W. Bosland, Regents Professor, Agronomy and Horticulture Department, New Mexico State University
- 2005 Jules Janick, James Troop Distinguished Professor, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University
- 2006 Raymond M. Wheeler, Plant Physiologist, NASA Biological Sciences Office, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
- 2007 Tomasz Anisko, Plant Curator, Longwood Gardens, Kennet Square, Pennsylvania
- 2008 Richard Primack, Professor of Biology, Boston University
- 2009 Amy Stewart, Bestselling Author and Gardener
- 2010 Roger Hangarter, Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Indiana University
- 2011 Marla Spivak, Professor of Entomology, University of Minnesota
- 2012 David Granatstein, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, Washington State University
- 2013 Jodie Holt, Plant Physiologist, University of California, Riverside
- 2014 Todd Fosgren, Photographer
- 2015 James Veteto, Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Sociology, Western Carolina University
- 2016 James E. Simon, Professor, Rutgers University
- 2017 Royal Heins, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University
- 2018 Eric Lee-Mäder, Pollinator Conservation Co-Director, The Xerces Society