Nat’l AHS Emerging Horticultural Professional Award goes to McKelvey
By: Norman Martin
A graduate of Texas Tech University's Department of Plant & Soil Science has received the national American Horticultural Society's 2022 Emerging Horticultural Professional Award. Daria McKelvey, who received her master's degree in horticulture in 2015, was presented the honor in mid-March.
“Each plant, no matter where in the world, has its own story,” McKelvey said. “My goal in life is to learn those stories and share them with others.”
In her position, McKelvey combines two passions: plants and teaching. She oversees the ‘Plant Doctor & Horticulture Answer Services,' which fields gardening questions from homeowners, and she maintains the indoor informational displays, as well as the ‘Gardening Help & Plant Finder' database on the garden's website. She regularly gives gardening talks at the garden and at other venues for a variety of organizations.
McKelvey's interest in plants began in childhood from time spent outdoors. After completing a degree in biology at the University of Texas-Austin, she went on graduate school at Texas Tech under the academic advisement of Cynthia McKenney, Tech's Associate Chair and Rockwell Endowed Professor of Horticulture in the Department of Plant & Soil Science until her retirement in 2018.
One of McKelvey's areas of expertise is Texas native wildflowers, developed during her time at Texas Tech, where she investigated techniques to enhance seed germination rates in these plants. In addition to her work at the Kemper Center, she is a member of the St. Louis Master Gardener Association and is a Texas Master Naturalist.
Texas Tech's Department of Plant & Soil Science is a comprehensive academic unit, conducting research and offering coursework and programs in several areas of plant and soil science. It has 29 full-time faculty members, and a student body consisting of approximately 150 undergraduate and 120 graduate students. Some of those students are enrolled in the Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources distance education program.
CONTACT: Glen Ritchie, Department Chair, Department of Plant & Soil Science, Texas Tech University at (806) 742- 4325 or email@example.com
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