Plant Breeding is an optional component of the Public Garden Management program that provides a unique opportunity to learn about more specialized aspects of working with plants. The topics range from general horticultural and propagation practices to hybridization techniques and basic plant genetics. Combined with our Public Garden Management course and visits to other plant breeding programs, students gain both educational and practical experience through hands-on projects. Ultimately, students learn how to set objectives and understand the workings of a breeding project. This track gives a very unique and well-rounded view of working in a plant-oriented setting, especially for students seeking jobs in horticulture and industry.
Labeling hybrid crosses
Each summer our tasks are a bit different. Besides mulching, weeding, and tending to our breeding stock, interns learn about the flower structures, cross pollinating, and assessing plant performance in various growing conditions. This year, we will continue our breeding work with Illicium (anise tree) and Hemerocallis (daylily) species, which will include a rooting study and planting hybrid seedlings. 2015 is the second year of our evaluation trials of Hydrangea paniculata (panicled hydrangeas) and Schizachyrium (little bluestem), which will be rated for various characteristics. Experiments with ornamental corn (Zea mays) varieties and other annuals will be conducted. We will also be continuing a study of grafted versus non-grafted tomatoes, to determine just what a difference the root stock plays on plant health, size, yield, and disease-resistance. The Plant Breeding option may also include a small amount of laboratory work.
The internship will start Monday, May 16, 2016 and end Friday, August 19, 2016.
Completed applications must be received (not post-marked) by March 1, 2016.
Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews to take place in March.
Selected applicants must provide a copy for our records of a social security card and photo ID.