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" Environmental Vpring 200


Horticulture NEWS

f The Bulletin of the Environmental
.* 4i Horticulture Department at the University of Florida



.. Chairman's Message


In This

Issue:

Environmental
Horticulture Statewide
Teaching Program ....... 2
Kew Gardens Internship .. 4
Alumni News ................ 4
New Teaching
Greenhouse Facility
for ENH ................... 5
Scholarships ................. 5
Faculty Focus:
Jianjun Chen............. 6
Sudeep Vyapari ......... 6
Terril Nell Elected
SAF President ............... 7

Arboriculture Graduate
Student Scott Jones ........ 7
Mehrhof Landscape
Makeover ................... 8
Selecting and
Using Trees ................. 8











SUMMER'S COMING!


Technology has
changed our lives in
so many ways. Com-
puters nearly con-
trol our lives
through email, in-
stant messaging and
information from
the internet. Com-
puters in cars now tell us how to get where we're
going. UF/IFAS, the College of Agriculture and
Life Sciences and Environmental Horticulture are
using technology to offer full degrees in Environ-
mental Horticulture and Turfgrass Science at six
statewide locations.
Technology allows us to have live interactive
lectures and discussions simultaneously from all
sites. So, we are able to use our faculty through-
out the state to teach courses to each location.
For instance, Plant Identification is taught by
Bijan Dehgan (Gainesville), Annual and Perenni-
al Gardening by Rick Schoellhorn (Gainesville) and
Plant Propagation by Sandy Wilson (Ft. Pierce)
and Mack Thetford (Milton). All laboratories for


Two dozen speakers from a half dozen
states as far away as Oregon gave presen-
tations to 338 attendees of the Third An-
nual Great Southern Tree Conference
(GSTC), held at UF this past December 5th
6th. This educational event, designed joint-
ly between the FNGA and UF, is intended
to demonstrate the latest tree production
and landscaping technologies for the south-
eastern United States. It is funded by grow-
ers and allied industry partners, while UF
supplies the location, "cutting edge" re-
search results, organization and personnel
to make this event possible.
Presentations and demonstrations were
split between the Hilton -UF Conference
Center and the GSTC Demonstration Site.
The site is a unique area that supplies
hands-on experience and the opportunity
to view about two dozen ongoing projects.


these courses are taught locally by our faculty.
So, we identify the faculty member most knowl-
edgeable on a subject and they can teach all of
our students statewide. We expect to begin of-
fering some courses on the web soon. Use of
web-based instruction provides flexibility for
every student as the course lecture materials can
be viewed and studied anywhere. The full de-
gree, however, will not be available on the web,
which will allow us to develop student communi-
cation and people interaction skills necessary in
the Environmental Horticulture and Turfgrass
Science industries.
Our faculty has established that Environmen-
tal Horticulture Education at the University is
"Education with a Personal Touch." With new
technology and instruction techniques changing
the way we offer classes, we remain committed
to knowing and mentoring each student for life-
long success. [see the article on our statewide
teaching program pg. 2].


Scott Jones gives a pruning demonstration
at the Great Southern Tree Conference.


The target audience included propagators
and growers, urban foresters, allied suppli-
ers, educators, UF students, fertilizer sup-
pliers, and container manufacturers.


Third Annual Great Southern Tree
Conference Draws Nationwide Attendance


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Environmental Horticulture Teaching:


Preparing industry-ready students for
the landscape and nursery industry is the
primary goal of UF's Environmental Horti-
culture program. Placing students has
been a growing pursuit of the program
for the past 20 years. Currently, a BS
degree in Landscape and Nursery Horti-
culture can be obtained from six differ-
ent locations throughout the state. The
program started in Gainesville in 1956.
The first south Florida location was
formed in 1984. Since then, strategic
locations have been added all the way to
Milton in the Florida Panhandle.
Lisa O'Bea Hall (BS '78) was hired as
academic coordinator in 2001 to develop
an active recruitment effort, coordinate
efforts between all five sites, and to
assure that each location demonstrates
academic excellence and provides equal
assistance to its students. Lisa works out
of the Gainesville campus. Coordinating
all five satellite locations is easily accom-
plished through the main department,
together with each site's student services
coordinator. Scheduling courses, certify-
ing students for graduation and sharing
scholarship and internship information
are part of our statewide collaboration.
Courses are taught live at all locations
and also offered as live broadcasts from
Gainesville and the other statewide loca-
tions. Coordinators also work together at
recruiting events, promoting the "state-
wide" and their local program.

GAINESVILLE
The Gainesville campus offers Turf-
grass Science, and three specializations
of Landscape and Nursery Horticulture:
Landscape and Nursery Management,
Public Gardens Management, and Envi-
ronmental Horticulture Operations. Turf-
grass Science is also offered at the Ft.


Lauderdale and Milton locations. Stu-
dents can participate in the Landscape
and Nursery Management and Environ-
mental Horticulture Operations special-
izations at all five locations.
The Gainesville program has also
offered additional learning and profes-
sional venues for students. The annual
Scholarship Night provides an opportunity
for students to gather current informa-
tion and apply for scholarships. At Intern-
ship Night, students meet with industry
representatives for potential internships.
And, Alumni Career Night, offered in the
spring, brings in a large number of stu-
dents seeking information from graduates
of our program. We believe that indus-
try-ready students need firsthand knowl-
edge of life in the working world and
must know what is expected of them
after graduation. Our student advisory
committee was formed to help the de-
partment get the student perspective on
course and program issues. We continue
to strive to improve interaction between
students and faculty; this has always
been a positive aspect of our program.

FORT LAUDERDALE
The Fort Lauderdale site was our first
off-campus program. It currently consists
of 50-70 landscape horticulture and turf-
grass students each term, roughly 1/3 of
these seeking degrees. The other off-
campus programs were initiated around
the state due to its striking success. The
continued growth of this program is part-
ly attributable to its evening (few start
before 6 pm) and Saturday course offer-
ings, with their special appeal to working
adults.


Another plus of this program is its conve-
nient location between Palm Beach and
Dade counties, one of the most populated
urban areas in Florida. Within easy ac-
cess of 1-95, 1-75, and the Florida Turn-
pike, the Ft. Lauderdale campus is part
of a "mega-educational" center that
includes Broward Community College,
Florida Atlantic University, Florida Inter-
national University, and Nova Southeast-
ern University. This educational mecca
provides a large student base to draw
upon and a large variety of people (mete-
orologist, lawyer, doctor, and retired
military) taking courses, some looking at
horticulture as a second career.
Innovative marketing techniques have
also helped this program grow. A "certifi-
cate" program was developed for those stu-
dents who want to take classes but are not
interested in a degree. Students complete
four courses in a subject area and receive
a certificate for that subject. Currently,
certificates in Lawn and Ornamental Pest
Problems, Environmental Turfgrass Science,
and Gardening in Florida are offered.

MILTON
The panhandle of Florida is host to
one of our most active programs. Locat-
ed on the campus of Pensacola Junior
College, the Milton program began in
1995. Its setting is more of a traditional
campus with traditional students. Cur-
rently, 19 students are majoring in Turf-
grass Science or Landscape Nursery Man-
agement.
Backed by the recruiting efforts of
Rick Puckett (former military recruiter)
and a young ambitious faculty, this pro-
gram continues to be a strong presence in
northwest Florida. The campus' ideal


LISA nfALL
PO. Box 110670,
Gainesville, Florida 32611-0670
Phone: 352-392-1831 ext 333
E-Mail: lhall@mail.ifas.ufl.edu


JANE LANE KICK IULKEI I
3205 College Avenue P.O. Box 3634
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314 Milton, Florida 32572-3634
(954) 577-6371 (850)983-5216 Ext.109,
E-Mail: jslane@ufl.edu E-Mail: ufmilton@ufl.edu

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It's Not Just For Gainesville Anymore!


location draws students from Florida as
well Georgia and Alabama.
Milton also offers a teaching green-
house, nursery space and a student gar-
den. Students have formed an active
horticulture club and have created a
state-of-the-art student lounge and study
area with six computers as well as furni-
ture and equipment for meetings and
social gatherings. "Team Turf" was
formed this year and competed in the
National Turf Bowl in San Diego this past
February. The student club also sponsors
an annual Spring Garden Festival plant
sale in early April. As part of the state-
wide goal to promote student interaction
between all UF teaching sites, three
Milton students will participate in our
May student trip to Holland.
The faculty and staff feel the support
and encouragement they receive daily
from the Gainesville campus has allowed
them continued growth in student num-
bers as well as provides the University of
Florida standards of excellence in course
delivery to their student body.

MIAMI
With a major presence in the south-
ernmost part of the state, the green
industry and residents of Dade and Mon-
roe counties can take advantage of the
educational opportunities provided by
this unique program. Some of the excep-
tional classes available are Orchidology,
Palm Production and Culture, and Survey
of Arboriculture. Students often visit
local nurseries that specialize in produc-
tion of tropical plants. The facilities
include a new classroom and greenhouse/
headhouse/shadehouse dedicated to
student classes and projects. Current
student Laura Sanagorski and resident of
the Florida Keys says "It's amazing to be
able to live here and work with the tropi-
cal plants I love, and pursue the degree I


WENDY MEYER
18905 S.W. 280th Street
Homestead, FL 33031-3314
Phone: 305-246-7001 ext 202
E-Mail: wlme@mail.ifas.ufl.edu


want." For more information contact
Wendy Meyer (see below).

APOPKA
This off-campus teaching program was
established in 2001. Apopka, often re-
ferred to as the "Indoor Foliage Capital
of the World," is just northwest of Orlan-
do. This state of the art facility, on 200+
acres, is adjacent to Lake Apopka. The
teaching program is well-supported by
the local landscape and nursery indus-
tries. The continued growth and devel-
opment of central Florida provide stu-
dents with the opportunity to pursue
careers in the Environmental Horticulture
field after graduation.
While at MREC, students have the
opportunity to work closely with research
faculty in a variety of disciplines, includ-
ing woody ornamentals, plant propaga-
tion, plant breeding, plant pathology,
entomology, and water-wise landscape
ornamentals. Dr. Michele Scheiber is
undergraduate ENH advisor and also
teaches Residential Landscape Design,
Landscape Plant Establishment, and
Landscape and Turfgrass Management.
MREC students recently designed and
constructed an aesthetically pleasing half-
acre teaching garden, showcasing plant
materials and turfgrass common in local
landscapes. A four-tier water fountain is
the garden's focal point, and students
are often found studying at the picnic
table beneath the garden arbor.


DIANE MEALO
2725 Binion Road
Apopka, FL 32703-8054
Phone: 407-884-2034 ext 129
E-Mail: dwmealo@mail.ifas.edu
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PLANT CITY
The Plant City campus is located only
15 miles from the 1-4/1-75 corridor.
These two interstate highways feed ma-
jor industries and businesses that address
Florida's high-technology, agricultural
and natural resource needs. UF/IFAS and
Hillsborough Community College have
partnered to create an education, re-
search and extension initiative to support
West Central Florida's agriculture and
natural resources industry sectors. This
effort will provide place-bound students
with an opportunity to earn their BS
degrees from UF
Hillsborough County, and particularly
Plant City, have strategic and significant
economic horticultural importance. Annu-
al ornamental plant production in Hills-
borough County contributes $191 million
to Florida's economy, the largest per-
centage of total value by a commodity.
Because of the strong influence of the
ornamental industry in the Plant City
area, the Landscape and Nursery Manage-
ment degree was first offered on the
Plant City campus in the summer of 2002.
Students can earn their AA degree from
HCC and transfer to the UF/IFAS Plant
City campus to obtain a BS in Landscape
Nursery Management. Traditional and
non-traditional students are equally
welcomed into the student body. In
addition, industry personnel may enroll
as non-degree students and take any of
the courses in the curriculum.


LORI BARBER
1206 N. Park Road
Plant City, FL 33566
Phone: 813- 707-7330
E-Mail: lgbarber@mail.ifas.ufl.edu














Exotic
Internship Destination:
The Royal Botanic Gardens,
Kew (London, England)

Public Gardens Management stu-
dent Grace Chapman spent her fall
semester in London, England intern-
ing at the prestigious Royal Botanic
Gardens, Kew. This 132-hectare gar-
den contains an extensive arbore-
tum, water features, herbaceous
borders and beds, and six of the
world's largest botanical glasshouses.
Established over 200 years ago, Kew
has changed dramatically through its
long history. Originally owned by the
British royal family, Kew's current
layout is the result of work from
famous 18t century garden designers
such as Charles Bridgemann and Will-
iam Kent. Over 500 employees, stu-
dents, volunteers, and interns main-
tain Kew. In addition to the exten-
sive plant collections, Kew holds over
six million herbarium specimens and
a widespread economic botany li-
brary and artifact collection.
Interns at Kew work four days a
week in a specific area of the garden
and dedicate one day to field trips
and lectures. This included tours of
different areas of the garden, librar-
ies, and herbarium, the Jodrell Labo-
ratory, the nurseries, glasshouses,
arboretum, and the micro-propaga-
tion laboratory. The interns also
keep a daily journal of their experi-
ences and are required to present a
"plant of the week."
Grace worked in the tropical Prin-
cess of Wales Conservatory and in the
Temperate House. These areas gave
her extensive work with fertilization,
pest control, pruning, and basic
maintenance of two very different
conservatories. She also conducted
several independent research
projects on Kew's propagation tech-
niques of Nepenthes, Plectranthus,


Zephyranthes and Habranthus spe-
cies.
Grace enjoyed experiencing Brit-
ish culture firsthand. She lived with
an English family and rode a bike
along the beautiful Thames River to
work. On the weekends she visited
historic sites such as the Tower of
London, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace,
Westminster Abbey and the many
area museums and galleries. Grace
states "I feel truly fortunate to have
been able to work and live in Lon-
don. The experience of working at
Kew was beyond compare, and the
horticultural knowledge that I gained
was beyond measure. I highly recom-
mend interning abroad. I now have
an idea of how public gardens in
other countries operate, and I can
use this knowledge in my future em-
ployment in the US."


Grace Chapman with some of the tropical
species she worked among during her intern-
ship at Kew Gardens in London, England.
Above, Grace with Nymphaea, a water lily;
below, with the rare titan arum,
Amorphophallus titanum.


4D Hui Cao (MS) is employed by Pen-
ang Nursery in Apopka, FL as an assistant
production manager growing foliage
plants.

Josh Crawford (BS) is working at Fiddle-
sticks Country Club in Ft. Myers, Florida
as the Horticulturist/Landscape Manager.

Phillip Hamilton (MS) is Head Grower for
DeLeon's Bromeliads, Mount Dora, FL.
DeLeon's is the second largest producer
of finished bromeliads in the U.S. and has
been producing finished wholesale or-
chids for the last six to seven years. The
Mount Dora location currently has five
acres under orchid production.

Brandon McLane (BS) and Karen Kim (BS)
are currently working for Pike Family
Nurseries, Atlanta, GA as assistant man-
agers. Their jobs include unloading plant
inventory, managing employees, assisting
customers, and diagnosing diseased
plants. Karen is working at the Buckhead
location in central Atlanta and Brandon is
located in Marietta. Brandon says "the
job is exciting and brings a new list of
challenges each day." Both alumni in-
terned at Pikes.

Challen Mullen (BS) has been hired as
senior horticultural technician at Jack-
sonville Zoological Gardens.

Jennifer Parrish (BS) has taken a position
with Agri-Starts, Inc. She will be working
as a sales liaison for all locations and the
Ball Horticultural Company.

Beverly Underwood (PhD) is working as
post-doc at the TIGR Institute for Genom-
ics Research in Rockville, MD.

O Nicholas Pool (BS) is a graduate
student in the Agronomy Department at
UF.

I Leanne Pyle (BS) has been pro-
moted to marketing program manager at
Paul Ecke ranch, California. She manages
the many projects that make up pack
trials, catalog creation, web content
management, advertising and press re-
lease distribution. She has also taken up
surfing as well as indulged in Hawaiian
Fire Dancing.

b" hRodney Rubright (BS) is employed
byfpring Hill Nursery, Apopka, FL.








4 Cathryn Flenniken (BS) worked at
James Island County Park in Charleston,
SC as Grounds Crew Chief for two years.
Presently she is with the City of Green-
ville, SC as the Public Garden Manager
for Falls Park on the Reedy.

s Bary Greenwalt (BS) is a Senior
Superintendent with OneSource Land-
scape and Golf Services. Located in the
Villages, Ocala, FL, he is responsible for
90 holes of golf. He oversees four super-
intendents and five assistants with about
60 associates. OneSource currently runs
over 200 holes of golf and in the next ten
years will increase to over 700. Green-
walt obtained the status of certified golf
course superintendent from the GCSAA in
spring, 2003.

Jan Weinbrecht (MS) along with his wife
Cindy are the proud grandparents of Lee
Bryan Hodges, born November 3, 2003.

Claire Williams (BS) and her husband Rob
welcome their son Ash Carlton Williams
born November 29, 2002.

q& Meg Niederhofer (MS) was fea-
tured in the Gainesville Sun, January 16,
2003 highlighting Gainesville's celebra-
tion of their 20th year of participation in
the National Arbor Day Foundation's Tree
City USA program.

Theresa Rust Estock (BS) is co-owner of
the newly opened Harmony Gardens in
Gainesville, FL. Previously she was em-
ployed as an inspector for DPI and
worked in Atlanta (94-97) for the USDA as
a plant protection and quarantine officer.
She has two children: Samuel 6, and
Molly 4 1/2.

4 Kathy Bergsma (BS) was named
information security manager for the
University of Florida, July 2003.

f Tim Harris (BS) is an Account
Manager for ValleyCrest Landscape Main-
tenance, Orlando, FL.

4 Earl Poppell (BS) works for SEtG
Flowers, Plant City, FL, and has been
Regional Sales Manager and National
Accounts Manager since 1991. Over the
years he has served on the floriculture
committee of FNGA.

F Carl Loop (BS) was recognized as a
distinguished alumnus for a lifetime of
service in agriculture in the July 2003
UF/IFAS SHARE and Alumni News.


Scholarship funds awarded to Environmental
Horticulture students reach $81,550
in the second half of 2003

Environmental Horticulture students in the last half of 2003 have been awarded the most scholarship
dollars ever documented, says our scholarship "guru" Judy Wilson. She has been helping ENH students
get scholarships since 1992, when she began her work in student programs. This figure represents a more
than 50% increase over the 2002 total.


Name of Scholarship
Action Chapter FNGA
Arthur Andres Memorial Sch.
ASHS Travel Grant
Bartlett Tree Foundation
Batson Sch.
Big Bend FNGA
Brandon Family Sch.
Central East Coast Chapter FNGA
Charles & Thelma Palmer Sch.
Davey Tree Company
Edgar A Martin Sch.
ENH Grad Student Travel Grant
FIRST Sch.
Florida Federation of Garden Clubs
Florida Rural Rehabilitation Coop
Frederick Bright Sch Brevard Cty.
FTGA General Sch.


Award
$1,250
3,000
200
2,000
13,500
2,000
1,000
500
4,000
1,000
1,000
200
1,000
7,500
2,000
1,000
2,500


Name of Scholarship Award
Garden Club of Halifax Country $500
GCSAA Scholars Award 2,000
Herb Nail Sch. (Baldwin Co Al MastGard)1,000
Hoskins McDougal Memorial Sch. 1,000
IFAS Travel Grant 800
James H. Davis Memorial Sch. 1,250
Men's Garden Club of Jacksonville 3,000
Military Officers Assoc. of America 500
NE Florida, FNGA 1,500
Phelps Sch. 12,850
Share General Sch. 1,000
Sidney B. Meadows 7,500
Stapleton Memorial Sch. 1,000
Tampa Bay Chapter, FNGA 500
Windermere Garden Club 2,500
Wisteria Garden Club of Fairhope, AL 1,000
Total $81,550


New Teaching Greenhouse
Facility Up and Running


Hands-on laboratory instruction is
important to our academic programs.
Students must have the opportunity to
take classroom concepts to the green-
house and field and experience plant-
ing, pruning, pinching, fertilizing, wa-
tering and all other cultural practices
required to grow and maintain ornamen-
tal plants and turfgrasses.
We are excited and very pleased to
have a new greenhouse devoted to
teaching laboratories and for graduate
student projects in floriculture, nurs-
ery production and foliage plant pro-
duction. Few universities have a green-
house devoted to teaching undergradu-
ate and graduate students. The saw-
tooth greenhouse environment is com-
puter controlled and an internal shade
system provides light control through-
out the day. The greenhouse was de-
signed with expanded metal and
subirrigation benches so that students
could understand the different cultural
practices required for these irrigation
systems.
Our new greenhouse was donated by
United Greenhouses, XXX Wisconsin and
funds for construction were provided by
Ball Horticultural Company, Northeast
Florida FNGA Chapter, Wes and Vicki


Parrish and the UF/IFAS College of Agri-
culture and Life Sciences and the
Florida Agricultural Experiment Station.
We are extremely grateful for the do-
nation of this greenhouse and for funds
for its construction. Our students will
benefit tremendously from this new
greenhouse space.



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FACULTY


FOCUS


JIANJUN CHEN
Assistant Professor
(MREC Apopka)
Florida is the nation's foliage plant
leader, producing $460 million of the
2002 wholesale value of $663 million.
Florida's industry is characterized by
intensive production up to 300,000
containerized plants per acre. Until
recently, almost all foliage plants have
been grown in soilless media with its
limited nutrient- and water-holding
capacity. The high annual water and
fertilizer usage have raised concerns
about the impact of the industry on
environmental quality, prompting
growers to seek ways to produce plants
with a minimum of detriment to
Florida's environment.
As a member of the Environmental
Horticulture extension team that is
developing best management practices
(BMPs) for the greenhouse/nursery
industry, Dr. Jianjun Chen, an
Environmental Horticulture assistant
professor at the Mid-Florida Research
and Education Center (MREC-Apopka) is
developing BMPs for foliage plant
production. A holistic evaluation of
plant species, fertilizer application
rates, container media, and irrigation
methods is necessary to learn how to
efficiently and effectively use nitrogen
(N) and to prevent leaching/runoff
during plant production. Chen believes
that in order to minimize groundwater
contamination, we must understand N
requirements of and apply N according
to each plant's needs, improve media
to retain water and nutrients, use
controlled release fertilizers, and
subirrigate and/or recycle irrigation
water.
His demonstrations at the MREC and
at local nurseries have shown that


optimal N rates for Anthurium,
Dieffenbachia, Spathiphyllum,
Philodendron, and Epipremnum are at
least 20% less than traditionally used
rates. In addition, amending
commercial potting media with selected
zeolites can reduce N and P
(phosphorus) leaching, while the use of
controlled release fertilizers
significantly reduces N leaching
compared to the use of water-soluble
fertilizers. An evaluation of
subirrigation practices, such as ebb-
and-flow and flood irrigation, showed
that quality plants could be grown with
zero runoff of nutrients while using 40%
or less water. Each of these production
options can significantly reduce nutrient
leaching or runoff, and combining the
options essentially eliminates nutrient
leaching.
Other nutrient-related work has
shown that silicon application during
foliage and orchid production can
increase plants' stress resistance.
Application of silicon in bromeliads and
orchid nurseries significantly reduced
Erwinia incidence and reduced one
nursery's plant losses by more than a
million dollars.
Continued growth of the Florida
foliage industry depends on new plant
species and cultivars. Two new plants:
'ZZ' (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) and 'Fire
Flash' (Chlorophytum orchidastrum)
have characteristics desirable for
foliage plants. Production and interior
use guidelines for these and other plants
have been determined in Dr. Chen's
foliage plant evaluation program. This
program determines methods of
propagation, environmental and
cultural practices required for best
production, as well as adaptability to
interior conditions. "ZZ" and "Fire
Flash" are now grown in the industry
and soon will be adorning our building
interiors.
Dr. Chen attributes the success of
extension programs to working closely
with MREC, county and state extension
faculty. These cooperative efforts have
made the weekly diagnostic plant clinic
at the MREC a success with growers. His
and other faculty's extension programs
at the MREC have built solid
relationships with state foliage growers.
This was evident when 220 growers and
related industry personnel attended the
Research Field Day at the MREC on
November 19, which Dr. Chen chaired.
His numerous publications for growers
can be found on IFAS's EDIS site and in
popular trade journals.


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SUDEEP VYAPARI
Assistant Professor
(Plant City Campus)
Dr. Sudeep Vyapari comes to the UF/
IFAS Plant City Campus from Sam Hous-
ton State University in Texas. Sudeep
has a 60/40 Teaching/Research appoint-
ment. He earned his B.S. in India, then
completed his M.S. at the Indian Insti-
tute of Horticultural Research studying
plant breeding. Sudeep came to Kan-
sas State University in 1988, where he
conducted his Ph.D. research in Orna-
mental Horticulture.
One of Sudeep's greatest pleasures
is the opportunity to teach. To him,
teaching is a tool to inspire and em-
power students; his goal is to promote
student learning as a transformative
experience. Sudeep is establishing and
developing an educational program in
landscape and nursery management.
Residential Landscape Design, Introduc-
tory Nursery Management, Greenhouse
and Nursery Crop Culture, Landscape
and Turfgrass Management, and Micro-
propagation of Horticultural Crops are
some of the courses he will teach at
Plant City.
Sudeep is conducting research on
landscape plants during the establish-
ment and post-establishment phases,
specifically, water use and conservation
and the effect of other cultural and
management practices on landscape
plants. He is collaborating with Drs. Ed
Gilman, Kim Moore, and Michele
Scheiber. Sudeep is spearheading the
new teaching garden at the Plant City
campus (see article pg. 2).
Sudeep is actively involved in indus-
try and student advisement. He is es-
tablishing the Plant City branch of the
Environmental Horticulture Club and
hopes to encourage the statewide de-
partment club members to interact with
one another and visit various locations
throughout the state.


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Welcome New Faculty

1IP l S I (assistant professor) has begun a 60% teaching and 40% research position at the West Florida Research and
Education Center, UF/IFAS- Milton Campus. His research program serves to develop production and management solutions for the
ornamental plant industry. Dr. Gibson received his B.S. degree in Agriculture in 1996 from West Virginia University, Morgantown,
WV and later earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC in 2000 and 2003, respectively.
There, under the direction of Drs. Brian E. Whipker and Paul V. Nelson, he conducted research on various floriculture crops.

1I00 1 TB IB (assistant professor) is located on the Gainesville campus. David holds a 60% teaching -40% research
appointment. He is a Ph.D. graduate of Oregon State University. David will be teaching several courses on landscape management
and plant establishment. His research interests include production and establishment of woody landscape plants; he will develop
a research program in landscape management related to water use, fertilizer requirements and plant selection.

1HB (assistant professor) is located at the NFREC in Quincy, Florida. Dr. Sharma has a 60% research-40% extension
appointment. She is a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and most recently held a post-doctoral position at
Iowa State University. Jyotsna, whose research interests include the horticulture and ecology of rare native plants, will be
working with the woody ornamental nursery industry in the north Florida area.


Ro,4da'&& Christine Kelly-Begazo Leaves FYN Program
S, 1,.1, Christine Kelly-Begazo, the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program Statewide Coordinator, has left Gainesville
rirll| for the warmer climes of Vero Beach to begin a new position as County Extension Director for Indian River County.
1 She began her new position on Friday, February 13th. We wish Christine all the best in this new endeavor and she
I L t..i -.t will be sorely missed in Environmental Horticulture and especially in the FYN program, where her ecologically-
FL[ ., conscious and dynamic leadership enlarged and greatly advanced what was a fledgling program back in February
[FAS EXTENLi 1998.


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Terril A. Nell Elected President of SAF


qAi-4 Dr. Terril A. Nell, Professor and Chairman of UF Environmental Horticulture (see Chairman's
\VMessage pg.1), was recently elected president of the 15,000-member Society of American Florists, a
i .,. ..-i,, nationwide organization that represents all segments of the floral industry. He was voted into this
-.,~~.rriu i *i two-year post by the organization's board of directors at its recent annual convention in Boca
Raton. Nell will lead the society through 2005. Prior to becoming president of the society, he served in leadership roles for
more than a decade, including a seven-year term on the board of directors.


Arboriculture Graduate Student:
Scott Jones


Scott Jones is the second in a family of
eleven children. He spent his formative
years working on farms in Southern Idaho,
where he developed his independent spir-
it. He started college aspiring to be a bio-
chemist, but by his junior year realized he
wasn't cut out for laboratory work. After
working as a residential lawn care techni-
cian for ChemLawn in Salt Lake City, Scott
returned to school to pursue a career in
horticulture. He graduated a short time
later from the University of Idaho with a
BS in Plant Science. While at UI, his un-
dergraduate advisor introduced him to ar-
boriculture, and he found employment at
the UI Arboretum. He liked it, so after grad-
uation, he took a position as an arborist/
tree climber with a residential lawn and
SLandscape company in Kansas City, working
there until he started at UF


It didn't take long for Scott to realize
he wouldn't be able to work as a tree climb-
er once he reached age 50. When Scott
met Dr. Ed Gilman at the Kansas Arborist
Association's annual meeting, Gilman sug-
gested a return to school, probably not re-
alizing that Scott would contact HIM!
Scott's M.S. research project addresses
the effect pruning has on trees that are
subjected to wind loads. He is evaluating
both pruning type and dose in an attempt
to propose recommendations for storm
damage mitigation based on quantitative
data. The project is being funded by a
grant from the Tree Research and Educa-
tion Endowment Fund, and from generous
donations from Marshall Tree Farm and
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un me weD ua:
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu
Click on "Home Gardening"


Dr. Robert Black, Professor Emeritus


Selecting and Using Trees


Trees can give a home, street, or
commercial site individuality, beauty, and
a restful quality as well as a feeling of
permanence and stability. Trees are also
an important part of the environment
and can help combat environmental
pollution. They trap and filter ash, dust,
and pollen, remove carbon dioxide while
adding oxygen, reduce noise pollution,
lower summer temperatures, reduce soil
erosion, hide harsh, unsightly scenery and
beautify the landscape.


Trees are classified into several types
depending on how they are used in the
landscape. Proper selection and use of
trees is important since they form the
dominant part of the landscape.
Shade trees are grown for their mod-
erate to dense foliage. They should be
able to withstand strong winds, be rela-
tively free from insects and disease, and
have no messy fruits or flowers. Decidu-
ous trees, which lose their leaves each
year, should be used where shade is
wanted only during the warm summer.
Evergreen trees are useful where shade is
desired year-round.
Framing trees are used to soften
corners and roof lines of the home and to
form patterns against the sky. They
should not be so massive or spectacular
that they draw attention away from the
house.
Street trees are commonly used be-
tween sidewalks and streets, along boule-
vards, and in parks. They must not have
messy fruits or flowers, low branches, or
maintenance problems. Although large
trees are often thought of first, smaller
trees may also be used.
Specimen and accent trees are used
for striking effects produced by their
flowers, foliage, fruit, or by their con-
trast or location in the landscape. Any
tree, with proper use and placement, can
be used as a specimen tree but more
often it is a tree with showy flowers,
foliage or fruit.


Patio trees can be evergreen or decid-
uous and should be selected primarily for
their small size and for creating interest-
ing trunk, branch, and leaf shade pat-
terns on the patio. They should not have
messy flowers or fruits. Deciduous trees
will let sunlight in to warm the patio
during the winter, while evergreen trees
will shade a warm patio throughout the
year.
Seaside trees are those recommended
for areas that get salt spray, high winds
or for very sandy, high-salt-level soils.
They are useful for windbreaks and coast-
al plantings.
The tree you select should not only fit
the site but also your personal prefer-
ence. In Florida, the number and variety
of trees is so enormous, it is not always
simple to make a choice, but it can be
fun making the decision and watching
your tree grow to fit the landscape.


Redbud (Cercis canadensis) is one of the first
trees to blossom in the spring.


New ENH Facility Makeover
About nine months ago, a large percent-
age of the Environmental Horticulture
Department's faculty and staff moved
from Fifield Hall to the former Poultry
Science buildings forming the Center for
Landscape and Consumer Horticulture.
The interior of these buildings was
completely renovated but the grounds
surrounding them have been left without
landscaping. A committee including de-
partmental staff and faculty are working
with Buford Davis Et Associates, a local
landscape architecture firm, to design the
landscape. Goals for this landscape in-
clude:
Provide social areas
Provide a landscape that repre-
sents the Florida Yards and
Neighborhoods program, "The
Nine Principles of Environmen-
tally Friendly Landscaping"


Include plants taught in plant
identification classes
Provide positive visual identifi-
cation along Archer Road, a ma-
jor Gainesville artery
We are currently searching for fund-
ing to make this landscape a reality. Stay
tuned for updates on this very large hor-
ticultural endeavor.


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Current landscape plan for the Center
for Consumer and Landscape Horticulture.
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for Consumer and Landscape Horticulture.


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UF Plant Science Facility Greenhouses
Gainesville, FL
May 19-20, 2004
URL: http://hort.ufl.edu/floriculture


World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA
August 12-14, 2004
URL: http://sna.org/tradeshow


If you have horticultural events for this
newsletter or our web calendar at
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar,
please send them to Marie Nelson:
mnelson@ifas.ufl.edu.





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