Horticulture Show celebrates 100 years of plant science education

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The annual Penn State Horticulture Show this fall celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Presented by students in the College of Agricultural Sciences' Horticulture Club, the event will be held Oct. 12-13 in the Snider Agricultural Arena, diagonally across Park Avenue from Beaver Stadium on the University Park campus.

"100 Years of Education" is the theme of the free show, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The homecoming football game is on Saturday.

Each year the show encourages visitors to explore various aspects of horticulture. This year, multiple stations were designed and built to showcase majors and minors within the College of Agricultural Sciences, including Agroecology, Horticulture, Landscape Contracting, Plant Sciences and Turfgrass Science.

"First and foremost, we always like to make the show a pleasant experience for guests," said Dan Stearns, Styer Professor of Horticultural Botany, who has been Horticulture Club adviser since 1991. "Our goal with this year's educational theme is to have visitors learn about horticulture as they stroll through."

President of the club, Samantha Rosado, a junior agricultural science major, noted that the design and theme of this year's show portrays the industry's growth over time.

"Many people involved in planning the show had similar ideas to design a timeline," she said. "We wanted to portray the beginnings of the horticulture industry to where we are now with sustainable agriculture and new technologies."

All plants featured in the show will be for sale. The proceeds help fund the next Horticulture Show and other Horticulture Club activities.

For more information about the show, email questions to psuhortshow@gmail.com.

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Last Updated October 14, 2013