April 11, 2018
We invite you to join us for HortSci Grows on April 11, 2018, a day celebrating where Horticultural Science has been and where we're going. Events throughout the day will focus on sustainable horticulture and 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 Claire Flavin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See below for an outline of the day's events. This 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.
Welcome Reception + Activity Fair
10 a.m. – noon in the 3rd floor lobby of Alderman Hall
Morning treats and activities.
Networking Lunch and Poster Competition
Noon – 1:30 in 405 Alderman Hall
A networking lunch for industry members, faculty, and students. 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. The winners will be announced at the Kermit Olson Memorial Lecture. An RSVP, submitted by 4/6/18, is required to attend.
Research Talks: Sustainable and Organic Horticulture
1:30 – 3:15 in 405 Alderman
Hear about research happening in the department related to sustainable and organic horticulture. Featured speakers will be listed soon.
Kermit A. Olson Memorial Lecture and Awards Ceremony
3:30 – 5 p.m. in 110 Green Hall
Farming for Bees: Sowing Biodiversity in Agriculture
Join Department of Horticultural Science alumnus Eric Lee-Mäder for a contemporary look at farm-based pollinator and beneficial insect conservation. In his role at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Eric manages a nationwide team of ecologists to harness the latest science, public policy, and business trends for biodiversity conservation in agriculture. Case studies of his work will be highlighted including large-scale habitat projects underway across hundreds of thousands of acres, along with USDA partnerships for these efforts, and global food industry initiatives to incorporate pollinator conservation into their core business practices.
Since graduating in 2005, Eric Lee-Mäder (M.Ag.) has established himself as one of the world’s leading voices for pollinator and insect conservation. His work has been used in national strategies to promote honeybee and pollinator health and he has spearheaded initiatives that have created over 700,000 acres of habitat for pollinators throughout the United States. He has helped negotiate more than $12 million in investments from corporations and foundations to support pollinator conservation efforts and currently co-directs the world’s largest team of pollinator ecologists through the Xerces Society. In addition to being the keynote speaker, he is also the recipient of the 2018 Horticultural Science Distinguished Alumnus Award.
HortSci Grows Reception
5 – 7 p.m. in 405 Alderman Hall
After the lecture, join the department for an appetizer reception. Though it is not required to attend, please RSVP if you plan to attend for purpose of planning refreshments.
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