Department: Horticulture

Alex Niemiera

Alex NiemieraProfessor, assistant dean of student programs
Department of Horticulture

Expert in woody landscape plants; and environmental horticulture

niemiera@vt.edu
540-231-6723
http://www.hort.vt.edu/People/Niemiera.html

Expertise

  • Irrigation/fertilizer aspects of container-grown plants
  • Woody landscape plants
  • Nursery production
  • Environmental horticulture
  • Undergraduate curriculum

James “Jim” Owen Jr.

owen-jimAssistant professor, Extension specialist
Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Department of Horticulture

jsowen@vt.edu
757-374-8153
http://arec.vaes.vt.edu/arec/hampton-roads/people/jim-owen.html

Expert in woody ornamental crop production systems; plant, water, mineral nutrient, soil/substrate inter-relationships; abiotic disorders

Expertise

  • Nursery crop production; container and field
  • Soilless substrate (i.e. growing media)
  • Irrigation and water management
  • Woody ornamental crop fertility; container and field
  • Mineral nutrient environmental fate
  • Water and nutrient use efficiency in woody ornamental crops

Holly Scoggins

HollyScogginsAssociate professor
Department of Horticulture

Expert in production and use of herbaceous landscape plants.

hollysco@vt.edu
540-231-5783
http://www.hort.vt.edu/People/Scoggins.html

Expertise

  • Propagation and production of herbaceous perennials
  • Greenhouse management
  • Marketing of nursery and greenhouse products
  • Landscape use of perennials, tropicals, and annuals
  • Cut-flower production
  • Hops

Amber Vallotton

Amber VallottonExtension specialist, fresh produce food safety team coordinator
Department of Horticulture

Expert in on-farm risk assessment and best practices for produce food safety

avallott@vt.edu
540-231-5655
http://www.hort.vt.edu/People/Vallotton.html

Expertise

  • Extension programming in on-farm fresh product food safety
  • On-farm risk assessment
  • Good Agricultural Practices mentoring and certification training
  • Produce safety rule training