About the ASCFG, and Little Bit About Me

Fritz Bahr, Commercial Floriculture, 1922

As we cross into autumn, and begin to breathe easier as the flowers go past their productive peak, there is time to take stock, and wonder about the way ahead. For a talk I was giving earlier this summer on growing cut flowers, Judy Laushman supplied me with the ASCFG average membership numbers for the last 7 years, and these were quite startling:After resting at about 530 members for several years, membership has shot up in the recent past, and shows no signs of slowing down. Chief among the reasons for this is the excellent leadership by Judy and her team, and the current trend toward buying local, and wish to minimize our carbon footprint. The implications of this trend for the organization will I am sure be actively discussed by our directors, but for me personally, it brings an opportunity.

After resting at about 530 members for several years, membership has shot up in the recent past, and shows no signs of slowing down. Chief among the reasons for this is the excellent leadership by Judy and her team, and the current trend toward buying local, and wish to minimize our carbon footprint. The implications of this trend for the organization will I am sure be actively discussed by our directors, but for me personally, it brings an opportunity.After 36 years on the horticulture faculty at Cornell University, I am retiring at the end of September, and moving to Annapolis, Maryland. Not to a flower farm, just a house with a garden, so the experimentation with cut flowers that we have done here will stop.  

Ideally, Bill Miller will continue to supply the ASCFG with useful information on bulbs grown for cut flowers, but at present there are no plans at Cornell to hire someone to continue my work.

Too bad, but there may be another way to stimulate cut flower research more broadly across the U.S. I have agreed to take on the directorship of the ASCFG Research Foundation, to help generate funds to get more cut flower research done, by members as well as institutions of research and education. I will be looking for research sponsors, and  asking you, the members of ASCFG, for suggestions of research topics that need to be addressed. I look forward to working with you in this endeavor, and welcome your suggestions. I will retain my e-mail address ([email protected]); please feel free to get in touch.

Chris Wien

Professor

Chris Wien is recently retired Professor of Horticulture at Cornell University. Contact him at [email protected]