Friends of the Arboretum Lecture and Anne Porter's Retirement Celebration

"Adventures in Plant Breeding from the Deep South to the 45th Parallel"
Ryan Contreras, Ph.D., Oregon State University

  • Wednesday, January 7, 2015 – 7:30 pm9:00 pm

Ryan will discuss his time breeding plants over the past decade or so from his start at NC State to his time at the University of Georgia while working on his Doctorate and finally he will talk about his work developing a new breeding program at Oregon State University. His talk will focus on goals and techniques of breeding various woody landscape plants suited for various regions … as well as sharing stories of people and places he has encountered along the way.

Ryan Contreras, Ph.D.

A native of Eastern North Carolina, Ryan now calls the central Willamette Valley of Oregon home where he gets to breed a diverse group of nursery crops from Acer to Penstemon to Thuja and many others. In addition to his research program, Ryan is helping shape the next generation of plant geeks at Oregon State University in his landscape plant identification courses. When Ryan is not on campus you can find him hiking, cycling, running, swimming, and trying to keep up with his new baby, Cooper.

Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, NC State University students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff, all others $5.00.
Advance registration is not available.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this lecture.