UW greenhouse managers share their plant-care expertise with campus plant scientists

Last Friday, UW greenhouse managers hosted a new workshop, called the Research Plant Care Workshop, to share tools and tips with campus plant scientists on how to grow research plants in controlled environments, while introducing participants to the UW’s greenhouse managers, facilities and support services. IMG_3697

Session topics included pest management; water, media and nutrition; light and temperature control; greenhouse biosecurity and workplace safety; and tips for teaching with plants.

By all measures, the workshop was a success, reports DC Smith Greenhouse manager Johanna Oosterwyk, who helped organize the 1/2-day event. Interest was strong right from the start, with the workshop filling up very quickly. Attendees included faculty, staff and students from a variety of departments and programs, including botany, agronomy, horticulture, plant pathology, the Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics Program, and the Nelson Institute. Based on the strong demand, the organizers plan is to start offering the workshop at least once per year.

CALS’ Walnut Street Research Greenhouse and DC Smith Instructional Greenhouse contributed to this event, as did the Graduate School’s Biotron and the UW Botany Greenhouse.IMG_3734

Visit the newly-launched UW Greenhouses website for information from the recent workshop, notices about future events, tips for plant care and links to individual UW greenhouse facilities.