Category: Horticulture

UF/IFAS Experts: Skip the Roses and Go Straight for the Orchids on Mother’s Day

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — What’s better than roses on Mother’s day? Orchids, which are easier to take care of and can last for years, according to University of Florida experts. Wagner Vendrame, a professor of environmental horticulture at the… Read More

Acclaimed cattle nutrition expert named director of UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center

QUINCY, Fla. – When Glen Aiken wasn’t helping his grandfather wrangle cattle in the smothering Texas heat, he was traveling with his father to meat packing houses across the region. “I swear I visited every meat packing plant… Read More

Land transfer to benefit UF students and research programs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences students will benefit from a transfer of possession and control of land to the University Athletic Association for the construction of a new baseball stadium. UAA… Read More

The sound of success! UF helps residents rid yards of coral ardisia

By Susan Gildersleeve GAINESVILLE, Fla. – When a weed is completely uprooted, the sound it makes is distinctive and satisfying: audible proof that, thanks to your effort, a noxious plant has just released its grip on the soil…. Read More

A glass of OJ may soon come from citrus-greening tolerant fruit

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Some people like to wake up and drink a glass of fresh Florida orange juice. With the greening disease ravaging Florida’s citrus industry, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers want to… Read More

Plants, Gardening and You course hands out 50,000th plant to students

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida professor David Clark has given away enough plants to fill a stadium. On Thursday, Jessica Finkel a senior public relations student in the UF marching band was the lucky recipient of the… Read More

Gardener grows legacy of generosity with special donation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gardeners seek out the University of Florida IFAS Extension Master Gardener program to expand their love of gardening with a commitment to serve their community. But when the time spent fundraising for the program crowded… Read More

Annual poinsettia sale hosted by UF student organization is an experiential learning model for other universities

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Each December, the undergraduate environmental horticulture club in the University of Florida IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) hosts its highly-anticipated poinsettia sale. This year, the 21st annual poinsettia sale will be Dec…. Read More

Green industry contributes more than $20B to Florida economy, up 19 percent from 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s environmental horticulture industry is recovering from the recession of 2007 to 2009, and it is growing in many sectors, with $21.8 billion in annual economic contributions. This is an increase of 19.2 percent from… Read More