For the past ten years or so I’ve worked to try to transfer information about horticulture to people. It sounds simple, but it actually took a lot of time and effort to figure out the best way to do it, and I’m still not there yet — and probably never will be. The reason that I mention this is because I appreciate it when another horticulturist, such as my fellow garden professors, work to get information about horticulture out to the public. So yesterday we had a speaker come to our depoartment to give our annual end of the year lecture — It’s kind of a big deal for us — We usually have a big name person (horticulturally speaking of course) and pay him or her pretty well and have a reception. It’s nice. We also hand out scholarships to our undergraduates who earned them and any awards which we have to give. But anyway, back to the speaker. This year we had a guy come in who I’d never heard of before besides some strong recommendations from some of my colleagues here in the department. I also did a cursory check of his website. I liked what I saw, but I wasn’t blown away. Sometimes I’m such a dingbat. Simply put, this guy gave one of the top two or three horticultural (actually I should say botanical — it’s more botany than horticulture) presentations which I have seen. His name is Roger Hangarter and he is a professor at Indiana University. In a nutshell he films plant’s moving using time-lapse photography to demonstrate important concepts. Here is one of his websites:
But if you do a google search for him he has a lot of other things on different sites. He has even created a traveling display for museums called slowlife. Very, very cool. There aren’t a lot of people who I’m in awe of — but this guy is one of them. If you have a garden club or run a master gardener program you NEED to get this guy on your calendar if you can.