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Calling On Those With Horticulture Science Degrees! Are You a Member of ASHS?

(Note: this was posted on my profile updates on the ASHS website this morning. I thought it may, perhaps, be beneficial to someone to post it here as well. )

Today I have 3 webinars to attend! One is via the USDA Forest Service, another from the Raising Trees webinar series out of Auburn U, and another webinar from ASHS.

As a CPH who needs to earn CEUs, having an ASHS Member benefit of attending all the wonderful ASHS webinars developed for the Society is fantastic. As someone who pays all their dues, conference registrations, and all fees associated with attending the conferences out of their own pocket (I think all but two years since 1998), getting this Member benefit is wonderful and appreciated. Having only a Master’s degree, and being employed only part-time for many years now, means that saving money and budgeting my time and money are very important.

Attending virtual training and conferences saves me both money and time. It has allowed me to maintain professional certifications for both the CPH and ISA programs from home. I know I am a “rare bird” who is both an ASHS Member, ASHS-SR Member and attends conferences without having a PhD or a faculty/research position. I am fortunate to be able to split lodging and some travel costs with my spouse, who is also a Member. If it were not for that, I would probably not have been an ASHS Member all these years. Not everyone is that fortunate to be able to budget time and monies with a spouse in the same professional organization. Having moved to different states and changed jobs within the “realm of horticulture” several times, I can say that connections and experiences within ASHS have been extremely beneficial to me since graduate school.

I am sure there are hundreds of B.S. and M.S.-level horticulturists (particularly in Extension or working as Biological Science Technicians, non-tenured Horticulture faculty, Horticulture Technicians and those who branched off into the affiliated plant sciences) who would be interested in joining if they could attend our conferences and webinars virtually, as nearly everyone can use continuing education as part of their annual employment goals. Not to mention the benefits of staying up-to-date on the latest horticulture science, job announcements, and making connections for future horticulture employment and/or collaborations in horticulture research. From what I have seen in all my years with ASHS, this is NOT the target audience for Membership. Yet, ASHS looks to increase Membership. ASHS might “hook” some Members this way, virtually, and then maybe every so many years, or when the conferences are close by, these Members attend in person. With this increase in Membership and participation, the message of horticulture science is propelled farther and penetrates deeper into society where it is needed. Perhaps this helps to “seed” future horticulture generations.

The B.S. and M.S. non-faculty horticulturists are likely perfect candidates to participate virtually and to be looking at the ASHS Certified Professional Horticulturist program. When posed the question, “You work in horticulture science, but you aren’t a Member of ASHS?” These folks may very well reply, “It is expensive and I cannot afford to attend the conferences or take time away from my family; I can only afford the annual Extension conference; my employer will not pay for me or allow me the time off; my boss does not encourage me to participate.” What a great time to push the “virtual” ASHS conference and educational webinars as Member benefits and plug the CPH program! This, combined with the open access ASHS journals, means there is no reason for a CPH to not complete their CEU requirements.

In short, thank you ASHS for the virtual webinars and thank you for keeping the virtual option to attend the annual conference again this year. If you, too, appreciate all the virtual webinars or the ability to attend the conferences virtually, please send your own love notes along to ASHS. Spread the good “green” word! Have a fantastic weekend! (and now, for more coffee)

Yours in Horticulture Science (not Silence)!
The Garden Maiden

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American Society for Horticultural Science 2014 Conference: search for the holy grail!

Last week my husband I attended the 2014 annual meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science in Orlando, Florida. We’ve been members since about 1998, when we were graduate students at the University of Arkansas. I’ve received questions from friends or family inquiring as to what we do “at those meetings.”

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In our search for the “Holy Grail of Horticulture” we attend these conferences to speak, present, meet, ask, and apply.  In Horticulture there are many “holy grails” being quested for such as the perfect nursery container “pot”. Speaking of pot, I attended a workshop on indigenous herbal medicine and recent developments in cannabis regulation and cultivation. This was a very informative two hours! (or was it six hours or perhaps thirty minutes…I can’t remember…JUST KIDDING!)  As the Grail Knight tells us us in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, “You must choose. But choose wisely, for as the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you.”

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Attending the professional conferences, such as ASHS, affords us opportunities to present current research we have been a part of by making oral or poster presentations for our peers.

Even during years when I had nothing to present (I often joke that for several years I was the longest running member not employed in horticulture), I would spend a couple of hours walking through the poster hall reading about the latest and greatest research in horticulture science.

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Since my background is very diversified (from ornamentals, to fruit crops, to veg crops and beyond)…I attend a variety of oral presentations. I gather ideas for garden articles, research topics and usually enjoy a renewed sense of enthusiasm for horticulture and my place in it.

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There are many optional “field trips” available during the conference too, usually incorporating horticulture or public garden sites.

This year there was a silent auction to support speakers for the Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants Working Group. My bids won a Rodale book on medicinal plants and a collection of Proven Winners Gardener’s Collection of soap, hand balm and lip balm created with goats milk and organic essential oils by Indigo Wild in Kansas City, MO.

I would be remiss if not to include the invaluable social time with my peers as part of the enjoyment of the conference. I love meeting new people, but also catching up with friends and colleagues, many of whom I only see once or twice a year at an ASHS conference.

Networking is a big part of the conference. You may meet future employers, committee members, find out about upcoming jobs and opportunities and gain face time for future endeavors. Collaboration is a big part of research and networking at ASHS can put you in touch with new collaboration opportunities.

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For many years now I have been able to use my time attending professional presentations at ASHS as CEU’s to maintain my Certified Professional Horticulturist status. This is a great way to “rack up” a lot of hours in a few days.

Recent trends have included much more research on sustainable and organic methods of growing and producing plants. For that I am very excited and thankful.

A few more shots from ASHS 2014 presentations in this mini-slideshow

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We also attend and have been members of the ASHS-Southern Region group since about 1998.

 

See you next year at ASHS New Orleans!

The Garden Maiden 🙂

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