Horticulture - B.S.A.

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Degree & Major: Horticulture - B.S.A.
College Name: College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Department Name: Horticulture
Tim Smalley
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator
(706) 542-0788
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Degree Requirements

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

Description: The horticulture curriculum educates students in the application of basic principles to the propagation, culture, production, marketing, and postharvest physiology of fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants, and herbs. The curriculum has the flexibility to allow a student to select courses in floriculture/woody ornamentals (including the use of plants for aesthetic, therapeutic, as well as pollution abatement purposes); and fruit and vegetable production, including organic and sustainable agriculture practices.

Career Opportunities: Career opportunities include management, production, marketing, or postharvest handling of vegetables, fruits, flowers, or ornamental plants; landscape contracting; salesperson and/or technical advisor with a commercial firm; field advisor or manager of nurseries, greenhouses, parks, arboretums, botanical gardens, and garden centers; teacher in high schools or technical schools; horticultural journalist; agricultural extension agent or governmental employee. A student may select a curriculum for entrance into graduate school, which prepares for a career in horticultural research and/or teaching at the college or university level.

We have a departmental Career Day in March for summer jobs, internships, and permanent jobs.
of Transfer Students:
Courses in chemistry, biology/botany, and pre-calculus are desirable.
Scholarships: Numerous national, college, and departmental scholarships are available. For more information about college-wide scholarships, contact the Office of Academic Affairs in the College. Visit the departmental scholarship website: www.hort.uga.edu.
Study Abroad: Agriculture and Ecology in Tropical America--Guatemala (odd-numbered years) Costa Rica (even-numbered years)

Grand Tour of Art and Gardens--Italy, France, Britain.
Internships: Internships are required. Numerous national and state internships are available.

Color Burst. Seasonal flower contractor. Spring, summer, fall. Apply by March 10 for spring, March 15 for summer, and August 1 for fall. Contact Erin Mann, Color Burst, P.O. Box 450265, Atlanta, GA 31145, 800-783-9706.

Gibbs Landscape. Summer. Rotating internship in maintenance, installation, seasonal color, interiors. Contact Sally Griffin at 770-432-7761, ext. 205.

McCorkle Nurseries. Propagation, watering, potting, pruning, pest management, weeding. Assistance with housing. Contact Mark Johnson, McCorkle Nurseries, 4904 Luckey's
Bridge Road SE, Dearing, GA 30808, 800-533-3050.

Mid Georgia Nursery. Two positions. Housing provided. Tree and sod farm. Digging, pruning, chemical application, mowing, heavy equipment. George T. Tindall, 869 Lullwater Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307. Call 404-377-4552 or e-mail gtin01@emory.edu.

Post Landscape. Housing available. Installation, maintenance, or design. Send application to Senior Vice President, Post Landscape Services, 3350 Cumberland Circle, Suite 2100, Atlanta, GA 30339-3363, 770-850-4474.

Pike Family Nurseries. Retail garden center. All year, but more in spring and fall. Contact Pike Training Center, 2900 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30062, 404-594-2814.

Shemin Nurseries. Wholesale horticultural distribution. Service, sales, maintenance. Minimum of one year in horticulture program. Contact Jill McGroarty, Human Resources Manager, 42 Old Ridgebury Road, Danbury, CT 06810, 800-677-4067, ext. 5018.

Stone Mountain Park. For students interested in historic gardens and landscapes. Heirloom vegetable, rose, boxwood, slave garden. Contact Dia Crissey-Baum at 770-413-5066.

Xeriscape Internships. Numerous Water Authorities. Summer. Residential landscape consultations. Phone numbers available in the Georgia Internship Notebook, Main Office, Department of Horticulture.

Natural Beauty of Florida. Apopka, FL. Housing arranged at minimal cost. Available from January 3 through April. Seeding technology,germination, plug production, crop movement, space utilization, shipping technology, foliage production, sales and marketing, quality control, disease and pest control. Send application by November 30 to Personnel Department, Natural Beauty of Florida, P.O. Box 2043, Apopka, FL 32704-2043, 407-886-1611.

Oglevee Products Inc. McDonough, GA. Two internships for Winter and Summer quarters. Propagation of geraniums, begonias, streptocarpus, poinsettias. Help student find housing. Oglevee Products Inc., 384 Rosser Road, McDonough, GA 30253, 404-957-1239.

Speedling Incorporated. Sun City, FL. Growing vegetable and ornamental seedlings. Five internships available. Early December until end of May. Some meals and housing assistance provided. May evolve into full-time at this or other locations. Clark F. Mayer, Speedling, Inc., P.O. Box 7220, Sun City, FL 33586-7220, 813-645-9452.

Mosmiller Scholar Program. American Floral Endowment. Wage plus $2,000 grant upon completion of 10-16 week program with cooperating employer. 500-word report required. Deadline: May 1 or November 1. Send application form (available in department), transcript, and faculty letter of recommendation to Manager, American Floral Endowment, 1601 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-838-5211, fax: 703-838-5212, www.endowment.org.

Ivy Acres. Long Island, NY. Large greenhouse operation featuring bedding plants, perennials. Excellent opportunity to learn about greenhouse management.

Arnold Arboretum. Rooms available locally for renting. Arnold Arboretum, Federal Reserve Bank, and Hunnewell Pinetum. Fifteen trainees for 10-16 week appointments. Horticultural maintenance, greenhouse and nursery operations, plant records, and library curation. Course taught in maintenance, plant identification and landscape design. Field trips. Starting dates are April 13 and June 1. Notification by March 1. Horticultural Training Program, The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. Deadline February 1.

Atlanta Botanical Garden. Potential college credit. Experience gained in propagation, production, labelling, and conservatory and garden maintenance at a rapidly developing garden. Available to students seeking degrees in Horticulture, Botany, or related field. Send letter describing career goals and work experience to Mildred Pinnell, Horticulturist, P.O. Box 77246, Atlanta, GA 30357, 404-876-5859. Deadline April 1.

Brookside Gardens. Low cost housing available. 50-acre public display garden. Work in education, grounds, curatorial, greenhouse, and conservatory departments. Special project required. Available for 15 weeks from May to August. Application forms available from Pamela Stenger, 1500 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902, 301-949-8231. Deadline March 1.

Callaway Gardens. Hourly wage plus housing. Education and horticulture internships. Assist with education programs. Work in grounds maintenance, conservatories, greenhouses, and vegetable garden on rotational basis. Send resume and letter describing career goals, professional interests, and reasons for seeking employment. Submit application form to Dr. William E. Barrick, Executive Vice President, Callaway Gardens, Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Pine Mountain, GA 31822, 404-663-5140. Deadline March 1.

Denver Botanic Gardens. Grounds maintenance, propagation, and educational department work. Field trips, lectures, and demonstrations. Short paper required. Current enrollment in college program. Letters of reference required. For application forms contact Patricia A. Pachuta, Education Director, Denver Botanic Gardens, 909 York Street, Denver, CO 80206. Deadline March 1.

Longwood Gardens. Stipend plus living accommodations. Unmatched opportunity to gain practical experience. One of world's finest horticultural displays. Duration 3-10 months (between February and November). Greenhouse, gardening, continuing education, visitor education, research, curatorial work. Research paper required. Free continuing education classes. Some field trips. Send completed application form, transcript, and letter of reference to Internship Coordinator, Longwood Gardens, P.O. Box 501, Kennett Square, PA 19348-0501, 215-388-6741. Deadlines November 1 for January-April internships, January 15 for May-September internships.

Morris Arboretum. Hourly wage plus benefits. Assistance in finding housing. Internships in arboriculture, ecology, education, flora of Pennsylvania, horticulture, plant propagation, plant protection, urban forestry. Field trips, seminars, and practical sessions. Research project required. Send letter indicating how this program can help your goals, transcript, three letters of recommendation, resume to Internship Coordinator, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, 9414 Meadowbrook Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118, 215-247-5777.

North Carolina Botanical Garden. Chapel Hill, NC. $5 per hour. March through October. Cultivation and propagation of native southeastern U.S. plants. Interpretive duties. Work experience or training in plant or environmental sciences required. James L. Ward, Curator, North Carolina Botanical Garden, 3375 Totten Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375, 919-962-0522. Deadline February 1.

Walt Disney World. Hourly wage. Housing provided. Landscape maintenance, integrated pest management, interior landscaping or nursery and tree farm operations. Project required. Field trips. Personal interviews are conducted by the Walt Disney World College Relations Department. Request application forms from Parks Horticulture Services, Tree Farm/Nursery, Walt Disney World, P.O. Box 10,000, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. Deadline January 1.

Walt Disney World Land Pavilion. $285 per week, cash value of coach air fare to Orlando, plus two weeks lodging. Variable shifts involving weekend and evening work. Interest in food crops, at least junior class standing, B average required. Available fall and spring. Maintenance, conducting tours, field trips, possible research project. Housing not provided. Peter Cook, The Land Agricultural Office, P.O. Box 10,000, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, 407-560-7256.

Bailey Nurseries. 3rd or 4th year students. Propagation, bare-root, container production. Send letter indicating education, reason for seeking an internship, outline of career goals to Internship Coordinator, Bailey Nurseries Inc., 99855 NW Pike Road, Yamhill, OR 97148, 503-662-3244.

Briggs Nursery. Olympia, WA. 125-acre wholesale grower with tissue culture lab. Interns rotated through several departments. Classes and tours possible. Housing and transportation responsibility of student. Send resume, list of references, and statement about career goals and about reasons for seeking internship to Intern Coordinators, Briggs Nursery, Inc., 4407 Henderson Blvd., Olympia WA 98501, 206-352-5442. Deadline March 1.

Imperial Nurseries. Sales and Service Centers throughout the Northeast, Midwest, Upper South. Seniors. Rotated among learning areas. Flexible: summer (12 weeks), fall, or spring. Contact Tammy A. Pollack, Human Resources Consultant, Imperial Nurseries Inc., 90 Salmon Brook Street, Granby, CT 96035, 800-365-8733.

McCorkle Nurseries. Propagation, watering, potting, pruning, pest management, weeding. Assistance with housing. Contact Mark Johnson, McCorkle Nurseries, 4904 Luckey's Bridge Road SE, Dearing, GA 30808, 800-533-3050.

Monrovia Nursery, CA or OR. $6 per hour. For upperclassmen. June 17-August 16. Social Security card is prerequisite. Assistance in finding accommodations. Applications available from Summer Work Experience Program, Monrovia Nursery Company, 18331 E. Foothill Blvd., Azusa, CA 91702 or 12600 SE Alderman Road, Dayton, OR 97114-9526. Deadline May 1.

Birr Castle. Several months to year. Stipend. Send letter of application to The Earl of Rosse, Birr Castle Demesne, The Estate office, Rosse Row, Birr, County Offaly, Ireland.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange. 18-24 years old. Two months German language training, four months school, five-month internship in industry. Send applications to CDS International, Inc., 330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001-5010, 212-760-1400.

International Agricultural Exchange Association. Ages 18 to 30. Spend 4 to 13 months working in one or two countries. 18 different countries with departures in March, April, July, August, September, and November. 1000 First Avenue South, Great Falls, MT 59401, 800-272-4996.

Ohio International Agricultural Intern Program. Minimum wage. Furnish own health insurance. Provide own transportation costs. Spend 1 to 12 months on foreign farm/agribusiness. Live as member of family. Unmarried students or recent graduates with one year of experience can apply year round. Application forms available from Michael R. Chrisman, Ohio Agricultural Intern Program, Ohio State University, Room 113, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, OH 432110-1099, 614-292-3263. Two recommendation letters and $120 application fee required.

See www.horticulture.uga.edu for complete listing.
Distance Learning: Courses:
HORT 2000 Horticultural Science
HORT 3020 Introduction to Fruit Crops
CRSS 3270 Principles of Turfgrass Management
Student Organizations: Horticulture Club
Contact person: Tim Smalley, (706)542-0788,tsmalley@uga.edu
Available Graduate Programs: M.S. Horticulture, numerous institutions
M.S. Public Horticulture, Univ. of Delaware