March 29, 2017
We invite you to join us for HortSci Grows on March 29, 2017, a day celebrating where Horticultural Science has been and where we're going. Events throughout the day will reflect on the accomplishments of our alumni, look at research currently happening in our labs, and examine the work of undergraduate and graduate students that will define the industry in the future. If you have questions or concerns about HortSci Grows, please contact Echo Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See below for an outline of the day's events. Schedule is subject to change:
Make an Impact
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.
Coffee and Pastries + Student Activity Fair
8 – 11 a.m. while supplies last in the 3rd floor lobby of Alderman Hall
Come have a tasty morning treat, learn about some opportunities and upcoming classes, and chat with other students, staff, and faculty.
11:30 a.m. – Noon in 405 Alderman Hall
Greenhouse and Ornamental Horticulture Industry Lunch
Noon – 12:45 in 405 Alderman Hall
An invitation lunch for industry members, faculty, and students. If you are an industry member who did not receive an invitation, but are interested in attending, please contact Echo Martin at email@example.com or 612-624-4242. If you are a student (graduate or undergraduate) interested in attending, please fill out an interest form.
Faculty Research Talks
12:45 – 2:45 in 405 Alderman
Hear about research happening in the department related to greenhouse and ornamental horticulture. Talks will feature Neil Anderson, John Erwin, Stan Hokanson, and Mary Meyer.
2:45 – 3:30 in the 3rd floor lobby of Alderman Hall
Kermit A. Olson Memorial Lecture and Awards Ceremony
3:30 – 5 p.m. in 110 Green Hall
From a Dream to your Garden – Breeding, Selecting, and Growing a New Flowering Plant Cultivar
A plant’s journey from selection to your garden is not always as simple as planting a seed in the ground. In the 2017 Kermit A. Olson memorial lecture, Dr. Royal Heins will guide listeners along the road a plant takes from pollination to your home. This journey begins with selection be a breeder for a plant to be introduced as a new cultivar. From there a cultivar needs to be produced as a stock plant so vegetative cuttings can be provided to commercial greenhouse growers around the country. Dr. Heins will further discuss the process of how plants are produced from cuttings, propagated, and shipped to your local garden center.
Dr. Royal Heins is a professor emeritus from Michigan State University, and the inaugural recipient of the Horticultural Science Outstanding Alumnus Award. Heins is a leading researcher in environmental and flowering physiology of floricultural crops for the greenhouse industry, and was honored as a Distinguished Faculty member at MSU. To learn more about Royal Heins, read his biography online.
HortSci Grows Reception and Poster Competition
5 – 7 p.m. in 405 Alderman Hall
After the lecture, join the department for an appetizer reception and student poster competition hosted by the Applied Plant Sciences Graduate Student Club in 405 Alderman Hall. At the reception you'll have the opportunity to look at research done by graduate and undergraduate students studying horticulture, as well as hear who is awarded the best poster awards. First place in the undergraduate category is sponsored by the Soil and Sunshine Garden Club, and awards a $1,000 scholarship. Read more about criteria and submission information for the competition.
All events except the industry lunch are free and open to the public. We ask you to please RSVP for planning purposes.
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