2016 Plant Breeding option

Plant Breeding is an optional component of the Public Garden Management program that provides a focus on more specialized work with plants. The topics include general horticultural and propagation practices, plant evaluations and ratings, hybridization techniques, and basic flower morphology and plant genetics. Combined with our Public Garden Management course and visits to other plant breeding programs, students gain both educational and practical experience through hands-on projects. Ultimately, the college students in this option learn how to set objectives and understand the workings of a breeding project. This track gives a very unique and well-rounded view of working in a plant-oriented setting, especially for students seeking jobs in horticulture and industry.

Interns Interns
Labeling hybrid crosses
Planting Schizachyrium


Tasks differ a bit each summer. Besides mulching, weeding, and tending to our breeding stock, interns learn about flower structures, cross pollinating, and assessing plant performance in various growing conditions. This year, we will continue our breeding work with Hemerocallis (daylily) species, which will include making new crosses and planting hybrid seedlings. We will continue to experiment with Illicium (anise tree) and make observations on several plantings of them. Summer of 2016 marks the third year of our evaluation trials of Hydrangea paniculata (panicled hydrangeas), which will be rated for various characteristics, including bloom time, color, and performance. Work will continue with ornamental corn (Zea mays) varieties and Silene (campion) species, and perhaps a new annual flower or vegetable to experiment with. The Plant Breeding option occasionally includes a small amount of laboratory work, depending on the projects we’re working on.

2016 Internship Application download the PDF file to your computer, fill in the requested fields, save and email to Clayton Leadbetter. For more information please email Clayton or call 732-932-8451.
The internship will start Monday, May 16, 2016 and end Friday, August 19, 2016.
Completed applications must be received (not post-marked) by March 1, 2016.
Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews to take place in March.