Mary Hockenberry Meyer
- Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Plant Breeding and Genetics
- M.S. Cornell University, Ornamental Grass Taxonomy
- B. S. Clemson, Horticulture
Plant Identification and Landscape Usage; Ornamental and Native Grasses; Prairie Restoration
HORT 1901 — Freshman Seminar: The 10 Plants that Changed Minnesota — Fall semester
HORT 4011 — Prairie Perennials and Grasses (Advanced Woody and Herbaceous Plant Topics) — Fall special term, odd years
HORT 4096 — Professional Experience Program: Summer Internship at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum — Writing intensive version available — Summer semester
HORT 6002 — MPS Capstone course: Problem Solving in Horticulture — Fall semester
For more information on these courses, see the Course Catalog. Dr. Meyer is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Masters of Professional Studies in Horticulture.
Dr. Meyer joined the Horticultural Science faculty in 1994 and has primarily an Extension, teaching and research appointment. Her research interests include native and ornamental grasses and sedges, especially Miscanthus, Schizachyrium, Pennisetum and Carex pensylvanica. She has studied the propagation and production of grasses including cold hardiness, and low maintenance sustainable landscaping. Blue Heaven is a patented little bluestem, (Schizachyrium), she released in 2007. She also conducts research on alternative low maintenance turfgrasses. She has studied Miscanthus and where it has escaped in the United States, especially in national parks, and authored the website entitled Miscanthus: Ornamental and Invasive Grass. She is the author of Ornamental Grasses for Cold Climates, which can be purchased from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Dr. Meyer manages the North American Plant Collections Consortium Ornamental Grass Collection at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, which was first planted in 1987. In 2012 she initiated the National Grass Trials evaluation with eleven states that evaluate cultivars of native grasses such as little bluestem and switchgrass. For more information on these evaluations, see grasstrials.com.
Projects completed by Meyer's Master's of Agriculture graduate students include:
Public Gardens of Minnesota
Online learning is equally as effective as traditional classroom training for Master gardeners
Dr. Meyer is Program Leader for Horticulture in Extension. Working with several Extension Educators, Dr. Meyer helps to coordinate statewide multi-media educational programs in environmental and consumer and commercial horticulture, including sustainable home landscapes. Her main office is at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum where one of the largest ornamental grass collections is on display for the public. Sarah Elliot, a former Water Resources graduate student working with Dr. Meyer, measured the effect of the Arboretum’s rain garden (.pdf) and has published information on the rain garden and run off model at the Arboretum (.pdf).
From 1993-2007, Dr. Meyer was the State Coordinator for the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener program. For two years, 2008-2010, Dr. Meyer was the Interim Director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. From 2013-2014 Dr. Meyer was President of the American Society of Horticultural Science when she started the national initiative Seed Your Future along with Dr. Douglas Needham at Longwood Gardens.
In 2017, Dr. Meyer co-authored the 10 Plants That Changed Minnesota with Susan Davis Price, published by the Minnesota State Historical Society. The 10 Plants website contains additional information along with the 70-page 10 Plants Teachers Activities Handbook, for middle and high school teachers. Minnesota life science teachers can obtain free copies of the book and handbook by contacting Dr. Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Meyer, M.H., D. Needham, J. Dole, B. Trader, J. Fox, M. Conley, M. Neff, and J. Shaw. 2016. Importance of Horticulture and Perception as a Career. HortTechnology 26:114-120.
- Zhao, S., C. Yue, M.H.Meyer, and C. Hall. 2016. Factors Affecting U.S. Consumer Expenditures of Fresh Flowers and Potted Plants. HortTechnology 26: 484-492.
- Bauske, E. M., G. R. Bachman, T. Bewick, L. Bradley, D. Close, R. Durham, and M. H. Meyer. 2015. The case for a national strategic plan for consumer horticulture research, education, and extension. HortTechnology 25: 477-479.
- Boldt, J., M. H. Meyer, and J. Erwin. 2014. Foliar Anthocyanins: A Horticultural Review. Hort Reviews 42: 209-239.
- McGinnis, E., A. Smith and M. Meyer. 2014. Environmental Control of Flowering in Pennsylvania Sedge. HortTechnology 24: 301-306.
- Miller, D. R., R. J. Mugaas, M. H. Meyer, and E. Watkins. 2013. Performance of Low-maintenance Turfgrass Mixtures and Blends. HortTechnology23:610-612.
- Meyer, M. H. and D. Michener. 2013. Academic, Internship, and Cooperative Extension Programs at Botanic Gardens. HortTechnology23:635-641.
- Meyer, M. H. 2011. Ornamental Grasses in the United States. Horticultural Reviews. Volume 39. Wiley and Sons, Inc. NY. p: 121-152.
- Meyer, M.H. and J. Hong. 2011. Miscanthus ×giganteus Can be Propagated from Stem Cuttings. J. Environ. Hort. 29:193–196.
- Elliott, S., M.H. Meyer, G. R. Sands, and B. Horgan. 2011. Water Quality Characteristics of Three Rain Gardens Located Within the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, Minnesota. Cities and the Environment . Vol. 4 Issue 4. p.1-15.
- Foord, K., D. Zlesak, T. Bartholomay, M. Meyer. 2011. Effectiveness and Audience Analysis of University of Minnesota Extension's Electronic Yard and Garden Newsletter. HortTechnology 21:252-259.
- McGinnis, E. and M. Meyer. 2011. After-ripening, Stratification, and Perigynia Removal Enhance Pennsylvania Sedge Germination. HortTechnology 21: 187-192.
- Cavanaugh, M., E. Watkins, B. Horgan, and M. Meyer. 2011. Conversion of Kentucky bluegrass rough to no-mow, low-input grasses. Online. Applied Turfgrass Science. doi:10.1094/ATS-2011-0926-02-RS
- Meyer, M., J. Paul, N. Anderson. 2010. Competitive ability of invasive Miscanthus biotypes with aggressive switchgrass. Biological Invasions. 10.1007/s10530-010-9773-0.
- Meyer, M.,R. Burrows, K. Jeannette, C.Welty, A.R. Boyson. 2010. Master Gardener’s Confidence and Use of Integrated Pest Management. HortTechnology 20: 812-816.
- McGinnis, E. E., M. H. Meyer, and A. G. Smith. 2010. Sweet and Sour: A Scientific and Legal Look at Herbicide-Tolerant Sugar Beet. Plant Cell. Published online June 25, 2010; 10.1104/tpc.110.077198.
- Meyer, M. H., S. Hokanson, S. Galatowitsch, J. Luby. 2010. Public Gardens: Fulfilling the University's Research Mission. HortTechnology 20:522-527.
- Meyer, M. H., J. Paul, N. Anderson. 2010. Competitive ability of invasive Miscanthus biotypes with aggressive switchgrass. Biological Invasions. 10.1007/s10530-010-9773-0.
- Meyer, M. H. 2007. The Master Gardener program 1992-2005. Horticultural Reviews. Volume 33. Wiley and Sons, Inc. NY. p: 393-420.
- Larson, J.M. and M.H. Meyer. 2006. Generations Gardening Together: Sourcebook for Intergenerational Therapeutic Horticulture. Haworth Press, Inc.
- Meyer, M. H. and B. Cunliffe. 2004. Effects of media porosity and container size on over-wintering and growth of ornamental grasses. HortScience 39(2):248-250.
- Meyer, M. H. and B. R. Jarvis. 2003. Electronic "Ask a Master Gardener" Answers Gardening Questions. Journal of Extension 41: 2003.
- Meyer, M. H. and V. A. Gaynor. 2002. Effect of Seeding Date on Establishment of Native Grasses. Native Plants Journal Vol. 3(2):132-138. University of Idaho Press.
- Cunliffe, B. and M. H. Meyer. 2002. Propagation Time Affects Winter Survival and Finishing Date for Ornamental Grasses. Journal of Environmental Horticulture Vol. 20(4):201-203.
- Jeannette, K. and M. H. Meyer. 2002. Online Learning Equals Classroom Teaching for Master Gardener Training. HortTechnology 12: 148-156.
- Meyer, M. B. Behe and J. Heilig. 2001. The Environmental and Economic Impact of Home Lawns in Minnesota. HortTechnology 11: 585-590.
- Meyer, Mary Hockenberry and Courtney Tchida. 1999. Miscanthus Anderss. Produces Viable Seed in Four USDA Hardiness Zones. J.Environ.Hort.17(3)137-140.
- Meyer, M. H. and B. Pedersen. 1999. Low Maintenance Alternative Turfgrass Trials. Journal of Turfgrass Management. Vol 3(2) 49-57.
- Carpenter, P. J. and Meyer, M. H. 1999. Edina Goes Green Part I: A Model for Low-Input Lawn Care Community Education. HortTechnology. Vol. 9(3): 486-489.
- Meyer, Mary Hockenberry and Anne M. Hanchek. 1997. Master Gardener Training Costs and Payback in Volunteer Hours. HortTechnology. 4:368-370.