We focus on the interaction of plants, soils and the use of land for the mutual benefit of people and sustainable environments. Our students acquire knowledge leading to successful careers through hands-on learning and internships.

Current Events

Join UConn’s Extension faculty and Spring Valley Student Farm staff and students for an interactive, fun-filled ‘buggy’ event. Click here to view the whole week of events.

The UConn Turfgrass Science Program invites you to attend the Fifth Biennial Turfgrass Field Day on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016. The focus of the event will be guided tours of current research studies in the areas of turfgrass management, pathology, entomology, and more. 

We invite you to attend the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG) Symposium, which will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the UConn Student Union in Storrs, CT.  The conference features national, regional, and local experts as well as citizen volunteers sharing practical solutions for invasive plant management and actions needed to promote native species and improve wildlife habitat.  Visit www.cipwg.uconn.edu or click here to register online.


PSLA in the News

Landscape Architecture Graduate Designs Street Course for X Games

07-20-16 UConn Landscape Architecture 2014 graduate Kyle Pretka designs the Street Course for the 2016 X Games (Austin, Texas). Click here for a link to his webiste with a write up and additional photos of the course.

Senior Extension Educator Donna Ellis leads guided walk

07-15-16 Senior Extension Educator Donna Ellis led a guided invasive plant walk at Steep Rock Preserve in Washington, CT on July 14.  Click here for a News Times article and photos from the event.

Read about CAHNR plant scientists

07-08-16 UConn plant scientist Carol Auer is leading a team of researchers, including postdoctoral fellow Chuan-Jie Zhang and graduate student Richard Rizzitello, studying interactions between a genetically modified crop and the environment. Click here to read the article.

Read about CAHNR graduate student Juan Cabrera

06-23-16 Graduate student Juan Cabrera was featured on Naturally@UConn. Click here to read his interview.

UConn's Donna Ellis and Ana Legrand appeared on the TV show CT Style

06-09-16 Senior Extension Educator Donna Ellis and Assistant Extension Professor Ana Legrand were guests on the WTNH TV show CT Style on May 17.  They talked about what to plant in the garden to attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators to improve wildlife habitat. Click here to watch the video on "What You Should Plant to Help the Local Eco-System."

Congratulations to Jake Schloss!

06-08-16 Congratulations to recent Turfgrass graduate, Jake Schloss, for landing a job in his chosen career field.

Congratulations to Samantha Rojas!

06-08-16 Congratulations to horticulture student Samantha Rojas for her article being featured on CAHNR Naturally@UConn. Click here to read the article: Tree Campus benefits trees & students. 

Congratulations to the Landscape Architecture graduates, class of 2016!



Congratulations Yilan Jian, Michael Bruno, Guang Zhou, Myles Simon, and Yuting Liu!

06-08-16 Congratulations to the five students who were awarded a UConn Community Research & Design Scholarship for their contributions to the Storrs Center Public Spaces Plan and other community design outreach projects are Yilan Jian (not pictured) and Michael Bruno, Guang Zhou, Myles Simon, Yuting Liu (pictured below, L-R). 

Landscape architecture students develop design plans for Ashford

05-10-16 Students in John Alexopoulos’s Junior Design Studio did a four-week project providing design ideas that concentrated on town identity, safety and sustainabilility. The study includes solutions for redeveloping the commercial district of Route 74 and the village district along Route 44. Click here for more details.

  Route 44 east, Ashford (existing)      
 Route 44 east, Ashford (proposed)

Congratulations to Andrew Nisbet!

05-05-16 Congratulations to graduating senior, Andrew Nisbet, who has been awarded an all-expense paid trip to the Jacobsen Future Turf Managers Seminar in Charlotte, North Carolina. Andrew will attend the seminar from May 23-26.  Graduating seniors from turf programs from throughout the U.S. are eligible to be nominated. Andrew is the seventh UCONN turf student to have received this honor.

Congratulations to Steven Rackliffe, Joan Allen, and Carol Quish!

04-20-16 UConn's College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources and Alumni Association have a long history of recognizing outstanding and distinguished alumni, faculty, staff and supporters. For the seventh year, the College is pleased to partner with the Alumni Association in recognizing these individuals. Congratulations to PSLA faculty members and staff, Steven Rackliffe, for being the recipient of UCAHNRAA Excellence in Teaching Award, Joan Allen for being the recipient of Arland R. Meade Communications Award, and Carol Quish for being the recipient of Alpha Chi Chapter Award. 

Congratulations Brandon Coe!

04-13-16 Congratulations to PSLA undergraduate student Brandon Coe on being selected as the 2015 Undergraduate Intern of the Year, Third Place, by the Center for Career Deve lopment. He showed vast growth in his internship with the Whistling Straits Golf Course in Sheboygin, Wisconsin.

UConn Plant Conferences

Garden Conference

UConn's Garden Conference feautured knowledgable speakers delivering presentations on garden design, maintenance, and plant selection.

Nancy Ballek Mackinnon sells beautiful plants each year from Ballek's Garden Center located in East Haddam.

Jim Palmieri assisting a customer at the UConn Blooms station.

Sustainable Landscape Conference

Nationally renowned speakers and local experts presented to landscape and horticulture professionals at UConn's Sustainable Landscape Conference.

Educational exhibits were featured at the conference, such as the invasive plants exhibit.

Book signings by several speakers, including Rob Diblik, took place during the conference.

Congratulations Annette Montoya! 

03-02-16 Congratulations to PSLA undergraduate student Annette Montoya on being selected for the 2016 Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship. The Army Women’s Foundation recognizes the importance of education and the role it plays in personal, professional and economic fulfillment. The Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program provides grants to women soldiers, past and present, and their lineal descendants to help them attain their educational goals. 

NBC Connecticut News. (video) 12-16- 15. Depicted Jessica Lubell-Brand, an associate professor in plant science and landscape architecture, as she described what recent warm weather is doing to plants in Connecticut.

Waterbury Republican American. 12-25-15. Reported that Assistant Extension Educator Dawn Pettinelli and the Home and Garden Education Center are getting more calls asking what to do with rhododendron, magnolia and forsythia that are budding out and blooming because of unseasonably warm weather.

UConn Today. 12-31-15. Highlighted the research of Huanzhong Wang, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, in its look back at 12 important UConn research projects of 2015. A posting from this blog was linked to the article.

Scholarship Opportunity!

Nauset Garden Club is offering $5,000 scholarships, see attached for details.

Congratulations Robert Losee!

Robert Losee of Woodsbridge (right) is congratulated by National FFA Officer Caleb Gustin on being named the national winner in the Nursery Operations Proficiency award area at the National FFA Convention, held October 28-31 in Louisville, Kentucky. Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excelled as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while they gained hands-on career experience. Losee is majoring in horticulture and plans to own his own greenhouse nursery business.

LA@UConn Portfolio Nite

Professional landscape architects (many UConn alumni) spend a nite with current LA students to help them prepare their portfolios for use when job hunting.

HORT 4650: Plant Tissue Culture

Sharing their expertise with the community.  PSLA students in HORT 4650 Plant Tissue Culture teach high school students from The Learning Clinic Rolling Ridge how to aseptically propagate orchids.Sharing their expertise with the community.  

Congratulations to Mary Concklin!

Mary Concklin received the Outstanding Service Award from the Connecticut Pomological Society.