Student Focus - Undergraduates
Josh is this year’s recipient of the Maine Landscape and Nursery Association Scholarship. MeLNA is a non-profit organization for the Maine green industries and plant lovers. Our Environmental Horticulture program works closely with MeLNA (www.MeLNA.org) and very much appreciates their support. Each year, MeLNA awards a scholarship to an Environmental Horticulture student at the University of Maine. The recipient has to be a Maine residence and plan to work in Maine after graduation. The faculty and staff in the Environmental Horticulture program select the recipient based on the student’s academic merit and financial needs.
This past summer, Hannah from Tenants Harbor, Maine, took her passion for horticulture to Washington, D.C., where she did an internship at the United States National Arboretum. Maintaining the appearance of the Gotelli Dwarf and Slow-Growing Conifer Collection was the main focus of her internship. Her roles included watering, pruning, weeding, planting and other aspects of maintenance. She was involved in a large landscape design, installation and presentation with other interns on the grounds of the National Arboretum. Hannah spent a lot of time propagating conifers from the collection. She enjoyed the city life and experiencing a different part of the country.
Katey is in the Environmental Horticulture Program with a concentration in Landscape Design and is the President of the Horticulture Club at UMaine. Katey will be representing the Environmental Horticulture program at New England Grows Trade Show in February of 2012. She’s currently working on two special problem projects; one is working with Jaina Young on a Landscape Design project and the other one is with Donglin Zhang and Zach Campbell (a fellow student) on a Fertilization Research project for Hanging Baskets. For the past two summers she was employed at Little River Flower Farm and Landscape in Buxton, ME which is a USDA Certified Organic Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Farm with a Landscaping Branch as well. Summer 2012 she has the opportunity to work at Pine Knoll Landscape and Lawncare managing their Nursery and Garden Center.
Zach is a Environmental Horticulture major with a focus in Landscape Design. He has been the Treasurer of the Horticulture Club for two years. Zach designed the Class of 2012 Class Gift that will be built in Spring of 2012. He will complete a research study on Hanging Baskets with Katey Coulling and Dr. Zhang as their advisor. Zach did his summer internship at Pine Knoll Landscape and plans to continue employment with them after graduation. Zach will also be representing the University at New England Grows 2012 Trade Show in February. “The Horticulture program is a great program and I really recommend it to those who are interested in the field. The staff in the program is very personable and classes are very informative about the area. If Horticulture is an interest I would definitely recommend this program.”