Holly Scoggins

Gardens & Landscapes, The Garden Professors July 15, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

Holly Scoggins is an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech and is the Director of the Hahn Horticulture Garden, a six-acre teaching and display garden on campus.
She has a Ph.D. in Horticulture from North Carolina State University; her undergraduate and Master’s work was at the University of Georgia.

She teaches several undergraduate courses, including Herbaceous Landscape Plants, Ornamental Plant Production & Marketing, and Greenhouse Management. Her research focuses on helping solve perennial plant production problems for nurseries and greenhouses, especially root-zone and propagation issues. 

Holly has authored chapters in several greenhouse production and propagation texts. She and colleague Mark Bridgen recently revised Plants from Test Tubes (Timber Press), now in its 4th edition.  Holly has published in the academic journals HortScience, HortTechnology, and Journal of Plant Nutrition as well as many academic and professional conference proceedings. Her work has also appeared in green industry and popular publications such as Greenhouse Grower, Greenhouse Product News (GPN), American Nurseryman, and Fine Gardening.

She blogs as the house plant geek at “The Garden Professors” along with colleagues Linda Chalker-Scott, Jeff Gillman, and Bert Cregg.  

Recent awards include the 2008 Perennial Plant Association Academic of the Year and the 2012 Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association Professional of the Year.

In her spare time, Holly and her partner run a you-pick blueberry farm nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. At home, she’s a rabid gardener and beekeeper (the bees aren’t rabid, thank goodness).  

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Website:  http://www.hort.vt.edu/hhg

Blog:  http://www.gardenprofessors.com

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