Over the weekend of July 9-10, graduate student Peter Zale visited and toured Primrose Path Nursery in Scottdale, Pennsylvania following a visit to the OPGC by the nursery owners. The proprietors, Charles and Martha Oliver, are well known for their breeding work with Heuchera and Tiarella, and have introduced over 25 plants to the nursery trade; some of these have attained international recognition. Primrose Path Nursery sits on over 100 acres.
The first meeting of the OPGC Subcommittee of the national Herbaceous Ornamentals Crop Germplasm Committee took place on 8 July 2011 in the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University. Present in person (and pictured) were Lin Schmale, Charles Krause, Michele Jones, Claudio Pasian, Susan Stieve, and Pablo Jourdan. Present by phone was Gail Wisler. Absent members included Justin Marotta, Marvin Miller, Neil Anderson and Cecil Pounders.
A mixed-use gravel area immediately north of the OPGC greenhouses has been developed to provide different growing environments for some of our germplasm. This area includes raised beds, a high tunnel, a container area as well as a storage facility. The raised beds provide alternative soil types to grow plants that require more extensive drainage or lower pH than available in Columbus.
Graduate student Peter Zale and OPGC staff Steven Haba have completed a 5,900 mile trip through the Southestern USA between 1 and 16 April, and brought back 60 new accessions of Phlox that will become part of germplasm studies and of our collection. Phlox collecting started in the panhandle region of Florida and continued along the coastal plain in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana until reaching central Texas, finally swinging through Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Graduate student Peter Zale and OPGC staff member Steven Haba initiated on 1 April an exploration trip to collect samples of Phlox in the Southeastern USA. This collection is intended to expand the germplasm of Phlox available in the OPGC.
Carol & Jerry Baskin, renowned seed scientists from the University of Kentucky, participated in a series of events organized by the OPGC to showcase seed research at The Ohio State University on 3, 4 and 5 March 2011.
Carol Baskin presented a general lecture co-sponsored by the Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens, titled "How Dormancy Studies Serve Plant Conservation."
Jerry Baskin presented a Departmental Seminar titled "Variation in whole-seed dormancy and germination within and between individuals and populations of a species"