PBSC horticulture professor opens statewide conference
Dr. George K. Rogers, professor and chair of Palm Beach State College’s Environmental Horticulture department, was the opening ceremony speaker at the Florida State Horticulture Society’s annual convention held Sunday through Tuesday at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort in Stuart.
The 129th meeting of the nation’s oldest horticultural society drew 120 attendees representing the academic horticulture community, government, nursery businesses and more. Over 100 technical presentations covered new developments and practices for growers, processors, allied industries and other horticultural interests in Florida.
Considered a leading authority on Florida native plants, Rogers spoke about “The Earliest Days of Florida Horticulture,” based on his book “Native Plants, Weeds, and Sustainable Landscapes in South Florida.”
“Horticulture has been part of the Florida economy since the 1830s and an exciting career all along,” said Rogers. “Learning about Florida’s early horticulturists reinforces all the many opportunities for innovation and forward thinking, and individuals to create their own niche.”
Rogers feels strongly about keeping the College’s horticulture program involved with the Florida State Horticulture Society. “It helps define a path for our more research- and academic-oriented students and keeps our curriculum aligned with contemporary technology.”
Rogers has taught at PBSC for 18 years. He earned his doctorate in botany from the University of Michigan and did a post-doctoral fellowship in botany at Harvard University. He is the author/editor of three books, including the bestselling “Landscape Plants for South Florida: A Manual for Gardeners, Landscapers and Homeowners.” Now in its fourth edition, all proceeds from the book go to PBSC’s Environmental Horticulture department.