August 1, 2011 |
Doug Croft grew up in rural Virginia, a hobby gardener who studied finance at Virginia Tech and later took a job budgeting and forecasting for defense contractors. He had all the trappings of success. Then one day - epiphany. He was outside his Alexandria, Va., home, "correcting the mistakes of a landscaping company hired by the condo association, when it suddenly dawned on me that this could be a career. I could get paid to do this," recalls Croft, who decided to return to Virginia Tech to study horticulture.
January 7, 2014 |
Coming from image-conscious professionals who prefer to gush about the beauty of flowers and the joys of growing vegetables, the words were downright shocking: "Horticulture is under siege. " They jumped off a three-page letter penned by a half-dozen of the country's most prominent plant people sent in December to 800 schools and universities, government agencies, industry associations, and growers of everything from almonds to onions. Clearly, horticulture - once a priority, if not an obsession, for generations of Americans - is in trouble.
January 13, 1986 |
William Young, one of Philadelphia's first botanists, collected material for his book on native North American plants by peering over the garden wall of his rival, John Bartram. Young's action represents one of the darker moments in the history of horticulture in Philadelphia. Young, who published his book in Paris in 1783, was willing to go to extraordinary lengths to become the first man to introduce exotic American plants to European connoisseurs. "He was no humble man and was rather sneaky," said James Mears, a former head of botany for the Academy of Natural Sciences and the curator of a new exhibit on the city's horticulture.
January 29, 2001 |
In 1773, the same year a crowd of colonists crept aboard English ships in Boston Harbor and dumped cases of tea into the dark waters, a Chester County native named Humphry Marshall planted a small garden behind his home in Marshallton, West Bradford Township. To present-day horticulturists and historians, Marshall's gentlemanly pursuit is now considered to be a turning point in American history as dramatic as the Boston Tea Party. Marshall, a stonemason, miller and Quaker farmer who built his own home, complete with a small observatory and a hothouse, probably thought nothing of his gardening pursuit, which he took up in earnest at the then-advanced age of 51. Advised by area doctors and even a local herbalist, known as Indian Hannah, on what to include in the garden, Marshall planted rows of medicinal herbs, native plants, and exotics grown from seeds he obtained from a group of gardeners and scientists he regularly corresponded with in Europe.
June 1, 1998 |
Delaware County high-school students in vocational-education programs can turn their thumbs green through a new horticulture curriculum that will be offered at Tyler Arboretum in Middletown Township in September. The Delco Chamber of Commerce, the arboretum and the Delaware County Intermediate Unit have designed the vo-tech horticulture class to prepare students for jobs in such fields as turf management. Hands-on instruction for the year-long course will be conducted at the arboretum, said Nancy Quinn Kelly, intermediate-unit spokeswoman.
March 27, 1994 |
Moaning to Rodney Haines about the damage that deer do in a garden brings little sympathy. "How would you like to contend with a bunch of bears and a few giraffes in your garden, not to mention emu and elephants?" he counters. As horticulture foreman for the Zoological Society of Philadelphia, Haines deals with the above and plenty more, and loves it. He's worked at the Philadelphia Zoo since 1977 and is always prepared for a challenge. When you visit the zoo this spring, take a look at the horticulture in and around Bear Country.
October 21, 1998 |
Four students who attend The Shipley School, a private school in Bryn Mawr, recently won awards at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Harvest Show. In the youth division, Sarah Hamilton, a senior, won first prize for her Haworthia aristata. In the dish-garden division, Diana Schwab, a junior, won second prize, and Jenna Fitch, a junior, won third prize. Naomi Haskell, a junior, won the High School Gardeners Award. The Shipley horticulture club, Sprouts, won the blue ribbon for Horticulture and Artistic Classes.
March 10, 1991 |
A student would find it hard to choose a more attractive campus than Longwood Gardens, one of the nation's leading display gardens. Longwood sponsors a wide range of short courses and also offers a two-year intensive program for professional gardeners. Since the two-program began in 1970, 114 students have graduated. About 90 percent have gone on to careers in horticulture, and of these, half are in commercial businesses, and the rest work in public gardens and arboretums. Among the graduates are directors of horticulture for university campuses, general managers of nurseries and curators of plant collections in arboretums throughout the country.
December 16, 2011 |
Charles Holman, 83, formerly of Rittenhouse Square, a retired lumber company executive and horticulturist, died of cancer Monday, Dec. 12, at Northeast Regional Hospice in Scranton. Mr. Holman volunteered and donated trees for the colonial garden maintained by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in Society Hill. He was a volunteer at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park, and a volunteer at Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill. "Charlie has been a friend, a hardworking horticulture volunteer, and supporter for over 30 years," said Paul W. Meyer, director of the Morris Arboretum.
February 3, 2008 |
In the starkness of midwinter, bright, vibrant flowers were in full bloom last weekend at the most unusual of places: the Deptford Mall. Horticulture students from throughout South Jersey competed in the 27th annual New Jersey Southern Regional Student Flower Show at center court by Macy's. They came from 11 technical and high schools, including Camden County Technical Schools and the Burlington County Institute of Technology, and created close to 250 ornamental displays in more than 30 categories.