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

Staff and students at Charles H. Barrows STEM Academy are looking for assistance from bio- students and staff on Wednesday, May 18th for the Bioblitz to help our Grade K-8 students ID the bio-diversity on our school grounds.   The Bioblitz event will be held from 9-2.   Lunch will be provided for those that are able to stay for the duration.  The address is 141 Tuckie Road in North Windham, CT. Please contact Jan Tomanelli, K-5 Tech Ed. Charles H. Barrows STEM Academy, Windham Public Schools

The UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources invites you to attend a free outdoor workshop on white grub biocontrol Saturday, May 21st, 2016 and Tuesday, May 24th, 2016. Pre-registration is required, please send an email to ana.legrand@uconn.edu to register. For more information, click here.

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. 


PSLA in the News

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.