News about Landscape/Horticulture

Moral Code: Give Back to What You Love

Author and Penn College colloquium speaker Rick Bass. Photo courtesy of Lowry Bass

From the Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine: Author Rick Bass, an activist who spoke during the college’s Technology & Society Colloquia Series, encourages young people to stand up for the environment and communities they cherish. Read “Moral Code.”

Penn College Students Finish Well at Regional Woodsmen’s Meet

Penn College students Anthony A. Hampton (left), of Clearfield, and James C. Synol, of Bloomingdale, N.J., placed first in the Pole Fell during the Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet at Penn State Mont Alto.

A team of Pennsylvania College of Technology students recently competed in the 16th annual Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet, charting Top Four performances in nine of the day’s events.

Penn College was one of six participants in the April 8 competition, held this year at Penn State Mont Alto in Franklin County: Others, in addition to the host institution, were Allegany College of Maryland, Haywood Community College, Montgomery Community College and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

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Horticulture Student, Graduate Featured in Trade-Show Video

A YouTube video newly posted by The Harvest Group of landscape business consultants documents an informal conversation with a current Penn College student and a graduate of the same Landscape/Horticulture Technology Program, conducted at a National Association of Landscape Professionals event last semester in Louisville, Kentucky. In the segment, “Harvesters” Bill Arman and Ed Laflamme ask two students – including Penn College’s Justin M. Rinehimer, of Mountain Top – why they are studying landscaping and what they’ll look for in a prospective employer when they graduate. One such business owner might well be interviewee Jeremy L. Thorne, a 2013 Penn College alumnus with a pair of horticulture-related degrees, who was an NALP ambassador as a student and has volunteered with the industry association ever since.

WVIA to Rebroadcast Series Episode on ‘Green’ Careers

"Working Class"

Working Class: Build and Grow Green,” the second episode of a Telly Award-winning series co-produced by Penn College, will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday on WVIA. The hourlong documentary invites consideration of a range of options by those looking into “green” careers, exploring opportunities such as architecture and sustainable design; building construction and construction management; building automation; electrical technology and power generation; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; forestry; and horticulture. The episode can also be viewed on the series’ comprehensive website, which additionally features a producer’s blog, video segments, K-12 educational resources and an art challenge.

Horticulture Students Awarded Scholarships From State Association

Two students at Pennsylvania College of Technology have each received $5,000 scholarships from the Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association Foundation and will be publicly acknowledged at a late-winter industry event.

Recipients Tiffany E. Griffie, of Newville, and Brandon T. Graby, of Fredericksburg, are both enrolled in the two-year landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis major in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.

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Penn College Students Pass Pesticide Application Exam

Sixteen Pennsylvania College of Technology students have passed the Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification exam administered in November by the state Department of Agriculture.

“After passing this exam, the students have set themselves apart from their competition in the workplace,” said Carl J. Bower, a horticulture instructor in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. “Many employers want to see that you have already completed this training and are ready for the field. These students prove that.”

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Poinsettias Still Available for Purchase at ESC Greenhouse

Wide assortment of poinsettias available at ESC.

Greenhouse filled with seasonal color

Potted plants among available items

The poinsettia sale continues at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, where there remain lots of red and red glitter, as well as limited inventory of pink, white and burgundy. Among items for sale are pan centerpieces for $4 each, 6 1/2-inch pots for $7 and 7-inch pots for $9. Sale hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday while supplies last. The greenhouse is closed Saturday and Sunday.
Photos by Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture

Poinsettia Sale Includes Value-Added Input From Horticulture Club

Handcrafted washcloths for sale at ESC ...

... alongside concrete leaves ...

... and other apt gifts for the green thumbs on your holiday list.

Those traveling to the Schneebeli Earth Science Center to purchase poinsettias this season are encouraged to also check out the nature-inspired gifts made by the Horticulture Club. “From cool concrete leaves to display in the home or garden, to candles, to hand-knitted botanical washcloths and greens, and live materials for decorating, you can find something for this holiday season for the gardener in your life,” said Carl J. Bower Jr., horticulture instructor and club adviser. “Whether that is you, your friends or family.” Anyone with questions can contact Bower at ext. 3534. The annual poinsettia sale will begin Wednesday, Nov. 30, and continue from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays (closed Saturdays and Sundays) while inventory lasts. Availability is limited and on a cash-and-carry/first-come, first-served basis. There will be no early sales or holds.
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Horticulture Grads Share Real-World View With Current Students

The Class of 2010's Alyssa B. Richner talks with Dennis P. Skinner, assistant professor of horticulture, in the new Hershey Gardens conservatory ...

... and joins Penn College students for a group photo.

Aaron M. Shippling, a 1982 Penn College graduate and Good's general manager, shows one of the company's work trailers.

Touring the Ruppert Nursery

Penn College’s Horticulture Club went on a field trip earlier this month to Good’s Tree and Lawn Care in Harrisburg; Hershey Gardens in Hershey; and Ruppert Landscape and Nursery in Laytonsville. Maryland. Eighteen students made the trip – along with faculty members Carl J. Bower Jr. (who provided the photos) and Dennis P. Skinner – which included informative visits with alumni.

Horticulture Instructor, Students Experience Industry Events

From left are Carl J. Bower Jr., Taylor J. Corbett, Justin M. Rinehimer, Joseph M. Brown, Griffin T. Fulton and Jeremy L. Thorne

A member of Penn College’s horticulture faculty recently attended the GIE+Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, and “Landscapes 2016,” a simultaneous educational/networking event sponsored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Carl J. Bower Jr. was joined by four students in the college’s landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis – three who traveled to the expo and a fourth who represented Penn College as a student ambassador for the NALP. Attending the trade show were Taylor J. Corbett, of Ramsey, New Jersey; Joseph M. Brown, of Erie; and Griffin T. Fulton, of Mertztown, and the student ambassador was Justin M. Rinehimer, of Mountain Top. Alumnus Jeremy L. Thorne, who graduated in 2013 with a pair of horticulture-related degrees, was an ambassador as a student and still volunteers to help NALP run its ambassador program. Ambassadors are chosen from landscape and horticulture programs across the country, and Rinehimer was one of nine students nationwide to be selected. The ambassadors help the NALP register individuals, set up the educational sessions and introduce the speakers. “This gives them a great chance to network with industry leaders and listen to a wide range of professional education, which is attended by leaders from across the nation,” Bower noted, adding that they also get to visit more than 750 exhibits and tour a 19-acre demonstration area. “Getting the opportunity to represent Penn College at this year’s GIE+Expo was something that I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Rinehimer, who is scheduled to graduate in the spring. “The opportunity to meet with industry leaders, as well as making connections with business owners …, was something that I am glad to achieve. I hope that future students will realize what a great opportunity it is to be a student ambassador and hopefully experience the same things I did.”
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Penn College/WVIA Documentary Explores Green Career Options

“When you’re in high school, and you’re thinking about a career, you could think about what’s just going to make you a lot of money, or you could think about something that you’re going to be happy doing for the rest of your life.”

This advice, from a Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate working at one of the world’s great gardens, is offered in “Working Class: Build & Grow Green,” an hourlong documentary premiering Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. on WVIA Public Media.

The second episode of a Telly Award-winning series produced by Penn College and WVIA, “Working Class: Build & Grow Green” invites viewers to consider a wide range of options available to those who are considering “green” careers, which support wise use of natural resources.

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Behind Every Door

Caleb G. Schirmer

Kathryn Wentzel Lumley Aviation Center hangar

George S. Klump Academic Center

From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: Former student photographer Caleb G. Schirmer, ’16, explores the diversity of doors on Penn College’s campuses – and the opportunities waiting on the other side.  Read “Behind Every Door.”

Landscape Alumnus Gives Back for Those Who Gave All

Jeremy L. Thorne at Arlington National Cemetery

An honors graduate of Penn College’s two-year landscape/horticulture technology major was among more than 400 volunteer landscape professionals taking part in Monday’s 20th anniversary Renewal & Remembrance day of service arranged by the National Association of Landscape Professionals at Arlington National Cemetery. It was the third straight year of participation for Jeremy L. Thorne, who graduated in May 2013 with degrees in the landscape technology and plant production emphases of what was then called “ornamental horticulture.” “This was my third year in a row going and I plan to go every year. It’s a great experience and a great opportunity to serve those who have served our country so that the families may find comfort when visiting their loved ones,” said Thorne, owner/president of ThorneCare Landscape Services, LLC, in Lewisburg and Sugarloaf. “The (NALP) is a special group of people who give of their time in peak season to give back. It’s an honor to work at Arlington National Cemetery each year to help beautify the sacred grounds.”
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The ‘Secret’ is Out on Community-Minded Co-Workers

Entering the bonsai area of Carl and Jessica Bower's garden

All aboard the garden train!

An espalier cherry dogwood, among the eye-catching features in the Bowers' garden

Grapes wind their way along a pergola.

A vegetable garden, rain barrel and pizza oven add to backyard haven.

Several Penn College employees recently helped Williamsport celebrate its sesquicentennial, opening their backyard for a benefit tour or otherwise lending their professional perspective. The home of horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. and Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator for nursing education, was among a series of nine “Secret Gardens” on display all across town. About 85 tickets were sold for the tour, which raised money for restoration of Way’s Garden, at Maynard and West Fourth streets. The community centerpiece, also among the attractions, offered a number of speakers and activities for children – including “A Bug’s Life,” a presentation by Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology. Bower frequently takes horticulture students to Way’s Garden for planting, raking, weeding and other maintenance in conjunction with Bob Esposito, president of the Way’s Garden Commission.
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Students Extend ‘Tree Campus’ Mindset to Nearby Landmark

Drizzly Arbor Day no deterrent to student workers

In observance of Arbor Day, five Penn College students and a faculty member braved the rain for a Friday afternoon’s work in Way’s Garden. The students planted a Cherokee Brave pink dogwood tree and several small shrubs, as well as providing some pruning in the beloved Williamsport park at West Fourth and Maynard streets. In addition to sharpening the students’ hands-on skills, the activity acknowledges the recent designation as a Tree Campus USA, which promotes trees at the college and in the community. Pictured from left are Tiffany E. Griffe, of Newville; Kyle M. Richardson, of Hopewell, New Jersey; Logan H. Booth, of New Kensington; horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr.; Elliot C. Redding, of Gettysburg; and Noah L. English, of Bloomsburg. English is enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; the others are majoring in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis.
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