Bryce Lane joined the Department of Horticultural Science in 1981 and became the Undergraduate Coordinator in 1987. In 2013 he decided to retire, leaving a hole in the department that will be challenging to fill. He has touched many students’ lives in positive ways. A true passion for teaching and students – this is the only way to describe Bryce’s teaching career. He has a wonderful ability to meet a student where they are and travel with them as they advance their horticultural studies and careers. More students than can be counted have begun a lifetime in horticulture after taking one of Bryce Lane’s courses.
During his 32 years of teaching in the department, Bryce taught in both the 2-year program (Plant ID and Landscape Maintenance) and the 4-year program (Home Horticulture, Principles of Horticulture, Power of Plants, Horticulture: Careers and Opportunities, Indoor Plantscapes: Identification and Use, and Garden Center Management). As if this diverse array of classes wasn’t enough of an accomplishment, he also lead over 36 field trips, including locations in this state and country, six additional countries, and on three different continents. He also advised the Horticulture Club and the PLANET (ALCA) Student Career Days team. Bryce’s reach to gardening enthusiast extended to Saturday afternoons as he shared his love of gardening and plants in his Emmy award winning show, In the Garden with Bryce Lane.
To say he will be missed is an understatement! In retirement, Bryce plans to spend time with his wife, Sue, daughters and sons-in-law, and five grandchildren. He will also begin a new chapter in his life as a professional garden speaker. We are sure that he will be very successful and hope that he enjoys some free time.
– H. Kraus