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Twig Bender—News from
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bullet June 26: "The Highgrove Florilegium: A Celebration of Contemporary Botanical Art," remarks by Wendy Pradt Lougee, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Reed Gallery, 5:30pm.
bullet July 4: Independence Day - campus closed.
bullet Go here for a complete list of CFANS events.


Several students are completing interesting internships and research projects this summer and blogging about their experiences. Check out our student blogs: Writing from Red Lion Row, The Most Magical Internship on Earth, Clammy Azalea Plant Collection Expedition, and Madeline Rose Floral Internship.

The Arboretum Learning Center is seeking donations of new or used umbrellas (regular, one-person size) and campfire pie irons to use for their summer camps. Clean out your closets to help make this year's camp a success! Drop off any donations to the Learning Center as soon as possible. Contact Christine Gamm ( for more info.


Congratulations to Evonne Kuyper who has announced her retirement date in December 2014! Join us in planning a celebration in recognition of Evonne's many years of diligent service to the department. More details to come.

Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

Proven Winners is introducing a new scholarship program for students in horticulture or related fields. The program includes 3 scholarships worth $5,000 each. Application deadline is July 15. More info.

strong>Ceres Trust is soliciting applications for the 2014 Organic Research Initiative. Applications are due September 25. More info.

NIFA is seeking proposals for the Alfalfa and Forage Research Program. Closing date for applications is July 7. More info.

Anderson Library 40th Anniversary Celebration

The Anderson Horticultural Library and the Leon Snyder Building—partners in horticulture research, public education, and community outreach—opened June 26, 1974 with three days of grand programs. Celebrate this 40-year milestone in 2014 with three eventful days from June 24 to June 26. View full schedule.

In the News

Pinehurst golf course offers a template for environmental stewardship. Work at the University of Minnesota's Les Bolstad course will offer further research and progress. Brian Horgan explains.

The U's apple breeding program isn't resting on its Honeycrisp laurels. New apples are always in the pipeline. David Bedford comments.


Say happy birthday to Chengyan Yue (June 24) and Brian Horgan (June 28) next week! Send your birth date to Samantha Grover ( so we can wish you a happy birthday!

Alumni Newsletter

The Department now publishes a bi-annual Alumni & Friends Newsletter to share news and happenings throughout the year. Check your mailboxes in March and October for new issues; email to get on the mailing list.

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