We focus on the interaction of plants, soils and the use of land for the mutual benefit of people and sustainable environments. Our students acquire knowledge leading to successful careers through hands-on learning and internships.
Peter Apicella is a student with a lot on his plate. He has incredible time management skills balancing his studies and his research while also being on the Mens Crew Team and being a student ambassador. He's a senior horticulture major and plans on furthering his education and eventually going after a PhD. Read more about Peter here.
UConn Extension and the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture showcase our research and extension programs working with farmers and the public in their most recently published video. To view it, click here.
As it gets closer and closer to the holdiays, the floriculture greenhouse fills with hundreds of Poinsettias, including up to 90 varieties, that are sold to faculty, students, and community. UConn, for the past 20 years, has been a trial dite for growing new varieties of Poinsettias. Read more about it by clicking here.
The Uconn IPM Program team received the Provost's Award for Excellence in Public Engagement. This team includes: Donna Ellis (IPM Program Coordinator, invasive species, curriculum, nursery, and school IPM), Mary Concklin (fruit), Leanne Pundt (greenhouse), Ana Legrand (invasive species, turf and landscape), Alejandro Chiriboga (nursery), Candace Bartholomew (pesticide safety education), Joan Allen (plant diagnostic laboratory), and Victoria Wallace (school, turf, and landscape). Jude Boucher (vegetable) retired in 2017.
The 2017 Excellence in Public Engagement Reception was held on November 14 at the UConn Alumni Center. Here is our winning team below at the reception.
Help support our very own Horticulture Club by purchasing your holiday Poinsettia and Rosemary Trees from them. Get your pre-order forms filled out by Nov. 17th 2017.
Taylor Cheek, a senior and horticulture major here at the University of Connecticut, expects to graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor's of Science in horticulture. She, however, did not start her journey with this plan. Taylor started her college career at Pratt Institute before transferring to UConn which is where she found her passion for the environment. To read about her past experiences working with children and visiting Hawaii and to learn about her plans for the future, click here.
Phil Estrin, a PhD student in the PSLA Department, received both a bachelor's and a master's degree in molecular and cellular biology and then came back in order to learn all he could about the growth of hemp for medicinal uses. Read about his goals, his field of research, some fun facts about himself, etc. here.
Tons of patience and perseverance is required in order to bring a new type of plant to the market. Dr. Mark Brand has what it takes. To date, Brand's lab has brought 27 new cultivars to the market and has more to come in the next few years. To read about the steps it takes to get a new cultivar on the market, click here.
The Office of Public Engagement has selected our Integrated Pest Management team as the recipient of the 2017 Provost's Award for Excellence in Public Engagement in the Team Category. We thank them for their wonderful work and their contributions to the University.
University of Connecticut representing at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA this past week for the 2017 ASLA annual meeting and expo. This annual meeting is the largest gathering of landscape architect professionals and students in the world.
The City Gardens Club of New York City honored Susan with their Medal of Honor at the Club’s centennial luncheon on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the Boathouse restaurant in Central Park. The historic medal is given to an individual or individuals in recognition of distinguished work and dedication in enhancing gardens, parks, and open space in New York City.
"Susan Lacerte is simply inspiring! Humble, smart and effective, she listens to people and responds, incorporating their wishes into a realized vision of beauty and responsible stewardship of natural resources,” said Catherine C. Crane, President of The City Gardens Club of New York City.
“I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to lead hard-working staff, work with the wonderful board, and serve a thriving community for the past 24 years,” said Susan Lacerte, QBG Executive Director. “I am so honored to receive this award from the City Gardens Club for the work I love to do, at a Garden that touches the lives of so many.”
All over Fairfield, CT, a vine is invading the hills. This vine named after it's fast growth, mile-a-minute, can grow up to six inches a day and quickly covers all other vegetation in it's path. In order to help control it, weevils have been released to consume it almost as fast as it grows. Donna Ellis, the senior extension educator at the University of Connecticut’s Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, helps explain how this works in greater detail here.
Read about one of our own Landscape Architect professors in the latest edition of The Connecticut Landscape Architect. Learn the story behind how he found his LA calling, his history in the business, and his teaching career here.
Cameron, a student here at UConn with a love of the earth and sustainable living, created his own individualized major. He is currently double majoring in sustainable plant and soil systems and global perspectives in sustainable agroecology (his individualized major). To read more about his major, his activities, and his plans for the future, read the article about him on Naturally@UConn here.
Ana Legrand, an entomology extension professor here at UConn, helps explain the problem with the growing gypsy moth population and why it poses a threat to our campus. The larvae of these insects are harmful to New England's foliage and because they are a nonnative species, we don't have any natural way to control them. Read more here.
Redefining the Phrase 'Experiementing with Pot."
Dr. Gerald Berkowitz, a professor of plant science here at UConn, and the field of cannabis at the University of Connecticut Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Research Farm may hold a new treatment for neurological disorders like epilepsy.
To read more about the studies Berkowitz has been doing, learn more about the type of cannabis growing here at UConn, click here.
Dawn Pettinelli's Article is Featured on thewesterlysun.com
Read about adding castor bean plants to your garden to add a tropical touch. Pettinellis goes on to explain how and when to cultivate them, how to keep your kids and pets safe around their seeds, and more in her article which can be found here.
Dr. Mark Brand Helps in the Efforts to Reduce the Spread of Lymes Disease Through Japanese Barberry
September 27th at 6pm NBC aired a piece on the efforts taking place in Connecticut to reduce the risk from a highly common shrub that is linked with the spread of disease ridden ticks. Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) is an invasive plant that is still being sold on the shelves of many garden centers across the state. Although state researchers have found that this plant aides in the spread of ticks with Lyme's Disease, homeowners and businesses continue to purchase and plant it.
Here at UCONN, Dr. Mark Brand has been hard at work breeding a sterile variety of Japanese Barberry. These sterile vareities are licensed to be sold starting in 2018 to help cut back the invasive varieties. This is a step in the right direction.
Read the full article and/or watch the NBC news clip here.
Congratulations Yi Li!
On September 19th, Li was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Horticultural Science recognizing outstanding contributions to the science, profession, or industry of horticulture. The ASHS is recognized around the world as one of the most "respected and influential professional societies for horticultural scientists"; receiving this fellow is a great and well deserved honor.
Congratulations to the Following Scholarship Recipients!
A huge congrats to our hardworking horticulture students:
Robert Losee, recipient of the Dr. Edwin "Pat" Carpenter Award
Dawn Smith, recipient of the David J.A. Smith Award
Jacob Gardner, recipient of the Ludwig Hoffman Award
Autumn Mum Sale
Starting Friday September 22nd till Sunday September 24th, the UCONN Horticulture Club will be hosting an Autumn Mum Sale. Mums will be selling for $6 for one or $15 for three. They will be located at the Dairy Bar for selected times (see flyer for details). Hope to see you there!
Study Abroad in Cuba!
Meet Graduate Student Yayu Li
After overcoming many hardships in her younger years back in China, Yayu Li got the chance to study abroad at UCONN and describes it as the moment "the impossible became possible." Read more about her life, her field of research, her accomplishments, and her aspirations in the article featuring her at Naturally@UConn. Click here to read the article in full.
Many of Your Garden Flowers Are Edible
Food topped with pretty flowers have been all over Instagram recently. They look exotic and expensive. Many people don't realize that many of the flowers in your very own garden are edible and can be used to spice up your dinner table. Take a look at the full article here to read about which flowers are safe to consume and how to identify them.
Join us for the seminar on Tuesday, August 15th in W.B. Young Room 327 at 10 AM!
UConn Today recently featured an article about how to deal with ticks. The Home and Garden Center's factsheet was highlighted and includes ways to modify your landscape to discourage tick habitation. Click here to view their tick fact sheet.
Extension Educator, Donna Ellis, comments on the invaisve species problem in Connecticut. The article discusses how our programs may be impacted if the proposed budget cuts are approved. Read the article in the New Haven Register or the CT Post.
Japanese Barberry, Berberis thunbergii, has been banned from sale in New York since 2015 due to the environmental threat associated with its invasiveness. Sterile cultivars created by Professor, Dr. Mark Brand, are expected to allow for an environmentally safe return of the plant to the nursery industry.
Read the full Times Union article here.
Jim Palmieri is pictured below with current and former students who joined him and members of the department on June 19 to celebrate his retirement. Thank you for 13 years of wonderful service!
Horticulture Professor Dr. Mark Brand has developed a sterile version of the popular invasive plant, barberry. UConn is partnering with Prides Corner Farms out of Lebanon, CT to make the plant available nationwide. Meanwhile, Professor Dr. Yi Li, founder of the New England Invasive Plant Center, is close to filing for a patent for sterile burning bush cultivars. Click here to read the Hartford Courant article.
Dry spring seasons the last couple years had a depressing effect on the fungal activity, leading to the caterpillar outbreaks we are seeing this year, but we’ve had a wetter spring and while the defoliation ‘damage has been done’ in many areas, we are now seeing increased fugal activity killing off the caterpillars. Click here to read the full update.
PSLA Alum James Gagliardi is a supervisory horticulturist at the Smithsonian Gardens. Thirty million people come through the gardens each year and a strong UConn influence can be felt throughout the landscapes. In fact, Horticulture Professor Mark Brand bred and patented a switchgrass that is planted right in the heart of the gardens. Click here to read the article.
The New England Native Plants Initiatives site directs people to organizations and businesses related to native plants in our region with the goal of increasing use of the plants. It was co-initiated by Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture graduate student John Campanelli and his advisor, Associate Professor Julia Kuzovkina, while working on a related DOT native grasses project. Click here to view the website!
The cover article in UConn Magazine highlighted student interest in farming and included many CAHNR student stories. Click here to read the article.
The Bee Campus program was recently featured in UConn Today, click here to read the article
5-12-17 Thanks to the plant breeding work headed by Mark Brand, professor of horticulture in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, five new butterfly bushes bring vibrant color and unique foliage to Proven Winners. His new introductions were featured in a recent article of Naturally@UConn, click here to read the article.
Buddleia ‘Summer Skies’
5-10-17 This video features many extension educators, researchers and graduate students in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture.
5-1-17 Congratulations to the following graduating Landscape Architecture majors, who have been recognized by CTASLA for outstanding academic achievement:
Rubson Guimaraes, Honor Award
Tristan Welch, Honor Award
Adam Loughrey, Merit Award
Matthew Spencer, Merit Award
The students’ Senior Capstone Projects were critiqued by a jury of professionals and faculty on May 1st.
HortClub Tour of Geremia Greenhouse:
Last week the HortClub visited Geremia Greenhouse in Wallingford, CT with Dr. Raudales. It was a great time for all!
Check out these photos of some of our members.
Below is the link for the 2016 Annual UConn Turfgrass Science Research Report:
On behalf of the Turfgrass Science faculty, staff, and students, we thank you for your continued support for our program.
All the PMA Career Pathways program (http://www.growingtalentbypma.org/programs-and-events/career-pathways-program) has invited up to three UConn PSLA students to participate in the Career Pathways at NEPC Annual Produce and Floral Expo in Boston next September (11-13th) (http://www.growingtalentbypma.org/programs-and-events/career-pathways-program/programs).
This has been a unique opportunity for our students in recent years. The purpose of the event is to expose students to career opportunities in the fresh produce and floral industry and to recruit and train future employees.
If you are interested in participating please contact Richard McAvoy firstname.lastname@example.org before April 21st. Names of student participants must be submitted by that date.
This is a first-class, all-expense paid program!
Come learn a science-based strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects for natural pest control!
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT
4-H Education Center at Auer Farm, 158 Auer Farm Rd., Bloomfield, CT
To register and read course agenda follow the link below:
4/3/17 Join us for the seminar at the Dodd Center on Monday, April 3rd. Dr. Folta has been involved with various aspects of science communication, with a particular emphasis on biotechnology. Click here for more information.
3-30-17 The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture hosted a seminar by renowned scientist Dr. Zeyaur Khan on the revolutionary new biocontrol strategy he and his team developed for pesticide-free control of both insects and weeds using native perennial forage species as both deterrents and trap crops. The system was developed to improve the production of corn and forage by African farmers. Click here to read the Daily Campus article.
2-15-17 Gabe DeRosa recently completed a UConn study abroad experience in Florence, Italy at the International Studies Institute at Palazzo Rucellai. Here he participated in the College’s Sustainable Food and Environmental Systems Program. His experience was featured in a recent article of Naturally@UConn, click here to read the article.
2-1-17 Donna Ellis, Senior Extension Educator, was featured in an article on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and invasive species in the latest issue of IPM Insights and talks about her work with non-native, invasive plants.
1-25-17 CAHNR horticulture students Peter Apicella and Jacob Griffith Gardner were among the fall 2016 IDEA Grant recipients. As part of IDEA group projects, they will direct breeding efforts of Aronia, a fruit bearing shrub. Click here to read more.
1-24-17 Rachel Holden is a CAHNR alumna who majored in animal science and minored in horticulture. She is currently a graduate student in agricultural education. She was recently featured in Naturally@UConn, click here to read the article.
1-18-17 Five College faculty members, including Dr. Ana Legrand, traveled to Cuba last week for a networking event at the Institute of Animal Science (ICA) in furtherance of the Cuba Research Initiative. Click here to read about their collaboration in the article recently featured in Naturally@UConn.
12-09-16 Christian Allyn is a horticulture and resource economics major that is in the process of developing his own invasive plant consulting business. He was recently featured in an article of Naturally@UConn, click here to read the article.
11-28-16 Northeast IPM Insights ran an article by Assistant Extension Professor Ana Legrand and Associate Cooperative Extension Educator German Cutz about an urban agriculture program where the training includes Integrated Pest Management information. Legrand is associated with the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture while Cutz is part of the Department of Extension. Click here to read the article.
10-14-16 After graduating with one undergraduate degree in plant science, Susan K. Brown went on to obtain two advanced degrees, hold three concurrent academic titles and develop four trademarked apple varieties. She was recently featured in an article for Naturally@UConn, click here to read the article.
10-12-16 Plant Science and Landscape Architecture's Dr. John Inguagiato, Assistant Professor Turfgrass Pathology, and Carol Quish, Home and Garden Center Program Aid, were featured in the Hartford Courant article "Getting Through Another Season of Fallen Leaves". Click here to read the article and see what they had to say about raking leaves and protecting your lawn.
10-11-16 PSLA Senior Extension Educator Donna Ellis received the Leslie J. Mehrhoff Award at the October 11, 2016 Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group Symposium.
09-15-16 Turfgrass Field Day was held Tuesday, July 19, at the Plant Science Research and Teaching Facility. The Field Day is an opportunity for UConn researchers to present their latest findings and make recommendations for best practices to professionals in the turfgrass industry. The event was recently featured in an article for Naturally@UConn and in morningagclips.com. Click here to read the article in Naturally@UConn and here for morningagclips.com.
09-12-16 David Moore is a Master's student in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture who is studying soil nutrient cycling in turfgrass systems. He was recently featured in an article for Naturally@UConn, click here to read the article.
09-02-16 The latest issue of UConn Today featured an article about graduate student, John Campanelli, who is working to commercialize software he developed to make roadside native plant projects more successful. Click here to read the article.
08-31-16 The latest issue of Golf Industry News featured four students that graduated from different turf programs located throughout the US. Graduates were nominated, and selected to attend a week long all-expense paid trip to the Future Sports Turf Managers Program sponsored by the Jacobson Company. Andrew Nisbet class of 2016 was one of the four students featured. Click here to read the article.
08-31-16 Kyle Pretka is an alumni of UConn who majored in landscape architecture that is now currently living in sunny San Diego. He designs skateboard parks for California RampWorks. He was recently featured in an article for Naturally@UConn, click here to read his interview.
7-27-16 Rania El-Tanbouly is a PhD student in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. After an education in landscape gardening, Rania traveled from Egypt to study plant biotechnology at UConn. She was recently featured in an article for Naturally@UConn. Click here to read her interview.
07-20-16 UConn Landscape Architecture 2014 graduate Kyle Pretka designs the Street Course for the 2016 X Games (Austin, Texas). Click here for a link to his website with a write up and additional photos of the course.
07-15-16 Senior Extension Educator Donna Ellis led a guided invasive plant walk at Steep Rock Preserve in Washington, CT on July 14. Click here for a News Times article and photos from the event.
07-08-16 UConn plant scientist Carol Auer is leading a team of researchers, including postdoctoral fellow Chuan-Jie Zhang and graduate student Richard Rizzitello, studying interactions between a genetically modified crop and the environment. Click here to read the article.
06-23-16 Graduate student Juan Cabrera was featured on Naturally@UConn. Click here to read his interview.
06-09-16 Senior Extension Educator Donna Ellis and Assistant Extension Professor Ana Legrand were guests on the WTNH TV show CT Style on May 17. They talked about what to plant in the garden to attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators to improve wildlife habitat. Click here to watch the video on "What You Should Plant to Help the Local Eco-System."
06-08-16 Congratulations to recent Turfgrass graduate, Jake Schloss, for landing a job in his chosen career field.
06-08-16 Congratulations to horticulture student Samantha Rojas for her article being featured on CAHNR Naturally@UConn. Click here to read the article: Tree Campus benefits trees & students.
06-08-16 Congratulations to the five students who were awarded a UConn Community Research & Design Scholarship for their contributions to the Storrs Center Public Spaces Plan and other community design outreach projects are Yilan Jian (not pictured) and Michael Bruno, Guang Zhou, Myles Simon, Yuting Liu.
05-10-16 Students in John Alexopoulos’s Junior Design Studio did a four-week project providing design ideas that concentrated on town identity, safety and sustainability. The study includes solutions for redeveloping the commercial district of Route 74 and the village district along Route 44. Click here for more details.
05-05-16 Congratulations to graduating senior, Andrew Nisbet, who has been awarded an all-expense paid trip to the Jacobsen Future Turf Managers Seminar in Charlotte, North Carolina. Andrew will attend the seminar from May 23-26. Graduating seniors from turf programs from throughout the U.S. are eligible to be nominated. Andrew is the seventh UCONN turf student to have received this honor.
04-20-16 UConn's College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources and Alumni Association have a long history of recognizing outstanding and distinguished alumni, faculty, staff and supporters. For the seventh year, the College is pleased to partner with the Alumni Association in recognizing these individuals. Congratulations to PSLA faculty members and staff, Steven Rackliffe, for being the recipient of UCAHNRAA Excellence in Teaching Award, Joan Allen for being the recipient of Arland R. Meade Communications Award, and Carol Quish for being the recipient of Alpha Chi Chapter Award.
04-13-16 Congratulations to PSLA undergraduate student Brandon Coe on being selected as the 2015 Undergraduate Intern of the Year, Third Place, by the Center for Career Deve lopment. He showed vast growth in his internship with the Whistling Straits Golf Course in Sheboygin, Wisconsin.
03-02-16 Congratulations to PSLA undergraduate student Annette Montoya on being selected for the 2016 Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship. The Army Women’s Foundation recognizes the importance of education and the role it plays in personal, professional and economic fulfillment. The Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program provides grants to women soldiers, past and present, and their lineal descendants to help them attain their educational goals.
NBC Connecticut News. (video) 12-16- 15. Depicted Jessica Lubell-Brand, an associate professor in plant science and landscape architecture, as she described what recent warm weather is doing to plants in Connecticut.
Waterbury Republican American. 12-25-15. Reported that Assistant Extension Educator Dawn Pettinelli and the Home and Garden Education Center are getting more calls asking what to do with rhododendron, magnolia and forsythia that are budding out and blooming because of unseasonably warm weather.
UConn Today. 12-31-15. Highlighted the research of Huanzhong Wang, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, in its look back at 12 important UConn research projects of 2015. A posting from this blog was linked to the article.
Robert Losee of Woodsbridge (right) is congratulated by National FFA Officer Caleb Gustin on being named the national winner in the Nursery Operations Proficiency award area at the National FFA Convention, held October 28-31 in Louisville, Kentucky. Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excelled as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while they gained hands-on career experience. Losee is majoring in horticulture and plans to own his own greenhouse nursery business.
Professional landscape architects (many UConn alumni) spend a nite with current LA students to help them prepare their portfolios for use when job hunting.
Sharing their expertise with the community. PSLA students in HORT 4650 Plant Tissue Culture teach high school students from The Learning Clinic Rolling Ridge how to aseptically propagate orchids.Sharing their expertise with the community.
Mary Concklin received the Outstanding Service Award from the Connecticut Pomological Society.