Dig Into Plants at the Delaware Center for Horticulture

October 11, 2019

The first Delaware Teen Science Café of the 2019-2020 school year was hosted by the Delaware Center for Horticulture, with their executive director, Vikram Krishnamurthy, speaking on the topic of horticulture. Krishnamurthy represents the Delaware Center for Horticulture on multiple boards and work groups, including the Delaware Recycling Public Advisory Council, Delaware Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act, and Wilmington Neighborhood Conservancy Land Bank. His professional affiliations include DE Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement, Delaware Nursery & Landscape Association and the American Public Gardens Association. Vikram holds an A.A.S. in Horticulture Technology from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, B.S. in Anthropology from James Madison University, and Graduate Studies in Urban Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Delaware.

During the presentation, Krishnamurthy discussed the numerous applications regarding the field of horticulture, ranging from agricultural production to city planning. Likewise, he taught the audience that the study of horticulture is diverse and applicable to multiple other fields. After that, he informed the audience of the four primary methods of plant propagation, leading into the hands-on activity of the café.

After the presentation, teens were able to propagate native plants. Each attendee got their own pot and soil and could choose from a variety of seeds and cuttings, including black-eyed susans, dogwood, and holly. After successfully propagating their plants, they gave them their first watering and were able to take them home.