Horticultural Science Summer Institute

— Written By Nikki Davis

We are very excited to announce we are hosting a now annual Horticultural Science Summer Institute! Please pass along to any youth that may be interested! 

Horticultural Science Summer Institute

July 7th-12th, 2013 @ NC State

High school-aged youth (rising sophomores, juniors and seniors) are invited to apply to a weeklong, residential horticultural experience on the campus of NC State University. Youth will have hands-on opportunities to explore a broad range of horticultural possibilities from breeding better fruits and vegetables, growing a diverse selection of woody ornamentals, lengthening the life of cut flowers, learning sustainable production practices, climbing trees, designing landscapes and delving into tools that enhance our understanding of plant growth. Participants will visit a variety of horticultural businesses, eat delicious local food, explore campus, watch garden films, and arrange flowers. Youth will also be introduced to career possibilities, college-making decisions and leadership development.

The cost of the institute will be $500 with a $150 deposit due upon application acceptance. Many meals included. I am working on providing partial scholarships! Please fill out the online application. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Driscoll at liz_driscoll@ncsu.edu or cell: (919) 886-3424 office (919) 513-7346.

Click here to submit an application! Applications due by May 22, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

Draft Schedule
Sunday, July 7th
Afternoon Registration (Tentatively Bragaw Hall), Cookout and Keynote opening                               

Monday, July 8th
Ornamental Plants (visit to JC Raulston, plant identification, plant propagation, cut flowers, nursery) Evening activities: team-building, campus exploration 

Tuesday, July 9th
Vegetables (vegetable production, breeding, food safety, farm tour) Evening: garden movie screening

Wednesday, July 10th
Veggies and local foods (fruit production, tasting, grafting, food systems, farmer’s market) Evening: Floral design 

Thursday, July 11th
Landscape Design and Consumer Horticulture (landscape design, treen-climbing, rain gardens) Evening: Cookout, games, presentation editing 

Friday, July 12th
Career reflections, college decisions, Parent luncheon

For more information visit: http://cals.ncsu.edu/hort_sci/extension/YouthSummerInstitute.php