Dr. J.C. Raulston Inducted into 2016 Raleigh Hall of Fame

Dr. J.C. Raulston

Dr. J.C. Raulston will be inducted posthumously into the Raleigh Hall of Fame on October 3, 2016 in downtown Raleigh.

Dr. Raulston encouraged his students, colleagues and friends to “plan and plant for a better world.” He did just that himself when he founded an arboretum in 1976 as a faculty member of NC State University’s Department of Horticulture Science. The arboretum began as a teaching and research facility. Today, the ten-acre research garden, now named for JC who died in 1996, is enjoyed and used by students, green industry professionals and visitors from around the world. The JC Raulston Arboretum, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is visited by over 100,000 people yearly and is a vital part of the Raleigh community. In addition to touring the grounds, visitors can participate in a variety of events ranging from educational seminars to fun events for the family. JC’s legacy can also be found throughout the city–he willed funds from his estate for the city’s park system to plant flowering trees for twenty years.

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Dr. Davis Elected Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science

Dr. Jeanine DavisDr. Jeanine M. Davis was elected a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science. This is the 53rd Annual Class of Fellows to receive this distinction in recognition of outstanding contributions to the science, profession, or industry of horticulture. Continue reading

May 2016 Awards & Honors

  • Tom Ranney, 2016 American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Outstanding Researcher Award
  • Julia Kornegay, 2016 ASHS Outstanding International Horticulturist Award
  • Jeanine Davis, Fellow, ASHS
  • Craig Yencho, 2016 Outstanding Global Engagement Award
  • Paul Fantz (et al.), 2015 ASHS Outstanding Ornamental Publication Award Environmental Award in Education
  • Tracy Thomasson, Outstanding Senior
  • Joshua Henry, Altman Family Scholarship, American Floral Endowment

Ms. Michelle Healey Honored with 2016 Award for Excellence

Ms. Michelle Healey

Please join me in congratulating Michelle Healey, recipient of a 2016 Award for Excellence from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Michelle received a letter of congratulations for this recognition from the Dean yesterday. She will be honored with 4 other College awardees at an Awards for Excellence Luncheon in April at the University Club. There was something in the letter that indicated that she is allowed 8 hours of leave with this award, however, I doubt that this will be granted as I cannot imagine a whole day without my asking her questions from my office to hers! Continue reading