UF/IFAS Faculty Receive National Environmental Horticulture Awards

Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 x 281

Robert Black (352) 392-1835
Gerald Kidder (352) 392-1951
Grady Miller (352) 392-7942
Tom Yeager (352) 392-7940

GAINESVILLE—Four faculty members from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have received national awards for their outstanding work in environmental horticulture.

Grady Miller, Robert Black and Gerald Kidder won the 1999 American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Extension Division Education Award in the commercial landscape management category for their book, Roadside Turf Management Guide. The book is being used by the Florida Department of Transportation to help manage turfgrass along state roadways. They were honored on July 30 at the ASHS conference in Minneapolis.

Miller is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Horticulture, and Black is an associate professor in the department; Kidder is a professor in the Department of Soil and Water Science.

Tom Yeager, professor in the environmental horticulture department, received the Environmental Leadership Award from the Southern Nursery Association (SNA). Yeager, along with faculty from five other universities in the Southeast, helped author SNA’s Best Management Practices Guide for Producing Container-Grown Plants. Created this year to recognize outstanding leadership and innovation in environmental horticulture, the award was presented on July 31 at the SNA conference in Atlanta.

Other recipients of the SNA award include: Charles Gilliam and Ken Tilt, Auburn University; Ted Bilderback, North Carolina State University; Donna Fare, University of Tennessee, and Alex Niemiera, Virginia Tech.