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April 27, 2016

loren anthony

Horticulture junior Loren Anthony received the American Floral Endowment Mosmiller Intern Scholarship for this summer. You can read more about Loren's achievement here



April 22, 2016

tyler carr, jack mccoy, luke freeman and dan sandor

Bumpers College Students were recognized at Honors and Awards Banquet this Spring. The Department of Horticulture recognized two outstanding seniors and graduate students pictured above, from left, Tyler Carr, Jack McCoy, Luke Freeman and Dan Sandor. Congrats. 


March 30, 2016

jack mccoy

The Arkansas Traveler featured a story about our Horticulture Club's president, Jack McCoy. 



March 29, 2016

KUAF Spotlight series

KUAF Community Spotlight Series recently explored Ozarks Agriculture. Two of our professors here in the department were interviewed. You can listen to Dr. John Clark talk fruit breeding and Dr. Elena Garcia talk high tunnels

 March 22, 2016

farmers market

A local food system grant for $33,334 was awarded to the department by the USDA Local Foods Promotion Program. Read the entire story on the Arkansas Newswire here.  




March 3, 2016

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Jim Robbins (from left), president of the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, with Bumpers College horticulture student Lesley Smith, and Shannon Mason and Garry McDonald of the Horticulture Department. 

Lesley Smith, a senior horticulture major, was recognized at the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show in Little Rock.


 February 24, 2016

group photo of competitors


Bumpers College horticulture students who participated in the conference include (front, from left) Mallory Martin, Olivia Caillouet, Kenneth Buck and Morgan Gramlich; and (back) Joseph Chidiac, Blake Hawkins, Preston Smith and Jack McCoy.

Southern Region -ASHS (American Society of Horticultural Science)was held in San Antonio, Texas. Several of our undergraduate and graduate students competed and not only did they compete, they won several awards. Full Story.  


  February 11, 2016

E-book cover

Success in the Field, an e-book detailing the accomplishments of the second phase of the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative was recognized as the outstanding research/extension publication by a professional organization.



February 18, 2016

turf bowl team

The department's Turf Bowl team recently competed at the Golf Industry Show in San Diego, CA. They placed 15th out of 67 teams. Pictured above (left to right) are the members of the team, Thomas Walton, Kent Fisher, Joe Danton and Tyler Carr. 



January 14, 2016














Horticulture major and Honors College student Olivia Caillouet receives a $900 grant from the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. You can read the article in its entirety here.  

October 21, 2015


Horticulture Entrepreneurial Lecture Series with Bob Lyons

bob lyons

For over 30 years, Dr. Bob Lyons has taught courses in herbaceous plant materials, their diversity, and use in the landscape while on the faculties of Virginia Tech, North Carolina State University, and at the University of Delaware.  He co-founded and became the first Director of the Virginia Tech Horticulture Gardens during his tenure from 1981 – 1998 (now the Hahn Horticulture Garden).  In 1999, he became the JC Raulston Distinguished Professor and Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University where he remained through 2004. From then until 2014, he was the Director of the Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture overseen jointly by the University of Delaware and Longwood Gardens. He has chaired the Boards of Advisors of Rutgers University Gardens and the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens. 


His teaching awards include the Virginia Tech University W.E. Wine Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching, the Chadwick Award from the American Nursery and Landscape Association, and the Outstanding Undergraduate Educator Award from the American Society for Horticultural Science, from which he has also received the Outstanding Research Publication Award.  At the career level, in 2008, Lyons was named a Fellow in the American Society for Horticultural Science and that same year he was the recipient of the Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Horticultural Science; in 2014 he received the national Award of Merit from the American Public Gardens Association. His B.A. is in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University and he retired in 2014 but remains active in related volunteer activities.


Dr. Lyons has been a photographer for over 30 years and has published widely in homeowner, commercial, and educational publications (print and electronic), and is a primary photographer for Horticopia plant selection software (  He has exhibited his work nationally and has received awards from the Garden Writers Association of America for his photography and writings.  Lyons has taught photography workshops throughout the Philadelphia region, including Longwood Gardens, the Scott Arboretum, and Tyler Arboretum; as well as nationally in North Carolina, Ohio, Massachusetts, Louisiana, and Virginia.

A lecture titled, "Picture This: Discovering and Capitalizing on a Growing and Diversifying Market for Horticultural Photography" was given by Dr. Bob Lyons at the Inn at Carnall Hall last night as part of the Horticulture Department's Entrepreneurial Lecture Series. Dr. Lyons told his personal story of how he went from professor to photographer. A more technical lecture was given today titiled, "Digital Garden Photography Seeing, Composing and Creating the Image"


 October 19, 2015

Slade Strickland, center, and his wife Elizabeth accept the 2015-16 Horticulture Department Distinguished Alumnus Award from department head Wayne Mackay.

Slade Strickland, the director of parks, recreation and landscape development for the town of Addison, Texas, has been named the recipient of the 2015-2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award for the Horticulture Department. The complete story can be found here


 August 17, 2015


Bumpers College Students Boyle, Caillouet Earn Awards in Horticulture Research Competition


June 1, 2015

June 2015 Newsletter cover

You can access our June 2015 newsletter here.