Mike Maddox – Award for Excellence

Mike Maddox, Universitiy of Wisconsin-Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources horticulture specialist and Master Gardener Program Director, received a 2014 UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for enhancing learning through innovative uses of technology and for making a difference through horticulture programs and volunteer efforts for a wide range of people.

Dawson receives NCR-SARE Grant

MADISON, Wis. — Julie Dawson, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension has recently been recommended for funding for a $199,866 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) for the project “Tomato variety trials for flavor, quality and agronomic performance, to increase high-value direct marketing opportunities for farmers and on-farm trialing capacity”.

“This project will use participatory research methods to evaluate tomato varieties for agronomic traits, disease resistance, flavor and quality for local and regional markets in the NCR. Variety trials will be conducted on six participating farms and at two research stations. Tomato varieties will be evaluated for flavor and quality by a panel of chefs, farmers and selected consumers. An online database enabling farmers, chefs and researchers to easily exchange observations and data will be developed. This project will create a variety trialing and quality evaluation network that will also be used for other crops,” said Dawson.

Jeffrey Endelman Wins Award

Horticulture’s Jeffrey Endelman has been selected to receive the Elton D. and Carrie R. Aberle Faculty Fellow Award.

The award, established by former CALS dean Abe Aberle and his wife, is designed to recognize and reward promising young faculty within CALS, supporting them during their first few critical years as faculty members.

Master Gardener Program in Wisconsin

The latest issue of Grow: Wisconsin’s Magazine for the Life Sciences provides insight into Wisconsin’s Master Gardener program through the eyes of current volunteer Jane de Broux in the featured article “Gardening for the People”.

The Master Gardener program is housed within the Department of Horticulture in Moore Hall under the direction of Mike Maddox and Susan Mahr.

History of Horticulture Department

At the 125th Anniversary celebration of the UW-Madison Department of Horticulture on June 19, a new History of Horticulture was provided to attendees.  The publication, under the direction of Professor Emeritus Ted Tibbitts, outlines the beginning years of the department, highlights departmental events, and provides information on current programs. The publication is available in downloadable pdf format here:  History of Horticulture at UW Madison.