Horticulture Faculty

Garry Vernon McDonald

Garry Vernon McDonald

Clinical Assistant Professor

Chair: Bumpers AFLS Curriculum Committee

(AFLS)-Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences


Phone: 479-575-8780

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Dr. Garry McDonald is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture, University of Arkansas.  He received a B.S. and M.S in Floriculture from Texas A&M University and a PhD in Horticulture also from Texas A&M University.  Dr. McDonald teaches the landscape horticulture curriculum in addition to plant propagation and special topics.  His background includes owning and operating a landscape installation company and research in tropical horticulture, plant nutrition, field and greenhouse rose production, nursery production, and water quality/stormwater runoff.  Dr. McDonald has served as chair of the Bumpers College AFLS Curriculum Committee in addition to the chairing Department of Horticulture's Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.  He also oversees the undergraduate student internship program and acts as a lead in the Department of Horticulture curriculum assessment plan. 

Development and use of resource efficient landscape plants.  Native plant development. Stormwater runoff control and treatment. History of the relationship between man and plants including ethnobotany.

Investigating strategies and methodologies to overcome barriers in learning botanical nomenclature and taxonomy with students diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia (those struggling with learning and memorizing Latin plant names!).

Courses Taught 

UNIV 1001 University Perspecitives

HORT 1103 Plants, People, and You

HORT 3103 Woody Landscape Plants

HORT 3113 Herbaceous Plant Material

HORT 4033 Professional Landscape Installation and Construction

HORT 4043 Landscape Management

HORT 4403 Plant Propagation

HORT 4603 Practical Landscape Planning

HORT 401V Sustainable Techniques in Urban Horticulture

HORT 400V Special Problems

HORT 402V Horticulture Judging

PTSC 6101 Colloquium in Plant Sciences

BS Floriculture - Texas A&M University. Concentration in Greenhouse Operations. 1983

MS Floriculture - Texas A&M University 1990

Thesis: "The Iron Reduction Ability of Various Rose Rootstocks"

PhD Horticulture - Texas A&M University 2007

Dissertation: Ozone (O3) Efficacy on Reduction of Phytophthora capsici in Recirculated Horticultural Irrigation Water. 

Clinical Assistant Professor of Landscape Horticulture. Department of Horticulture. University of Arkansas. 2016 to date.

Assistant Professor of Landscape Horticulture. Department of Horticulture. University of Arkansas. 2008 to 2016.

Research Associate. Department of Horticultural Sciences. Texas A&M University. College Station, TX. 1998 to 2007.

Research Technician III. Ornamental Horticulture Project. Texas A&M University Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Overton. 1990- 1998.

Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant. Department of Horticulture. Texas A&M University. College Station, TX. 1987-1990.

Landscape Design, Installation, and Management: Commercial and Residential. Self-employed. 1985-1987.

Research Assistant. Fairchild Tropical Garden Research Center. Miami, FL. 1984-1985.


National Role Model Award: Minority Access, Maryland - September 2019

Faculty Gold Medal: Office of the Provost and Nationally Competitive Awards. University of Arkansas - April 2019.

Outstanding Mentor: Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. University of Arkansas - 2017 to 2019.

Teaching Award of Merit: Gamma Sigma Delta, The Honor Society of Agriculture. Bumpers College of Agriculture Food and LIfe Sciences. University of Arkansas. March 2019.

J. Creighton Miller Jr. Distinguished Educator Award: American Society for Horticultural Sciences - Southern Region. February 2019.  

Ten-year Service Recognition Award: Division of Agriculture- Bumpers College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. September 2018.

Belsterling Foundation of the Dallas Garden Club: Academic PhD Fellowship. 2001-2005.

Gamma Sigma Delta: The Honor Society of Agriculture. Texas A&M University. Inducted 1990.

Pi Alpha Xi, Psi Chapter. Texas A&M University. Member #129. National Honor Society in Horticulture. Inducted 1987.

R.H. Rucker Award: Most Outstanding Senior in Floriculture. Department of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University. 1983.