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Debner Earns Certified Horticulturist Designation

Plant Sciences graduate student Abigail Debner became an American Society of Horticultural Science (ASHS) Certified Horticulturist after passing a certification exam during the ASHS annual meeting. Individuals who earn this designation have demonstrated skill and knowledge in all areas of horticulture.
Debner Earns Certified Horticulturist Designation

Abigail Debner

September 17, 2015

Plant Sciences graduate student Abigail Debner became an American Society of Horticultural Science (ASHS) Certified Horticulturist after passing a certification exam during the ASHS annual meeting in August. Individuals who earn this designation have demonstrated skill and knowledge in all areas of horticulture.

The four-hour exam, developed by industry experts, consists of 200 questions on topics such as  landscape design and maintenance, plant production and propagation, diagnosing plant problems, business practices, and more.

To qualify for the Certified Horticulturist exam, applicants must have more than three years of experience or a corresponding level of experience and education. Continuing Education Units must be earned and reported to ASHS to maintain the certification.

The objective of the ASHS Certified Horticulturist program is to provide education that improves the competency of personnel in horticultural industries, create incentives for professional development, and identify for the public those professionals who are competent in horticultural practices. ASHS Certified Horticulturists receive a certificate and an ID card to verify their certification.

Debner attended the ASHS meeting on a travel scholarship awarded to her by the ASHS (see story at http://bit.ly/1KRemfi). As a requirement of the scholarship, she delivered a presentation titled Rooting Single-node Floricane Blackberry Cuttings.

Debner is pursuing her Horticulture M.S. degree under adviser Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, Plant Sciences assistant department head, professor and high value crop production project leader.

Author: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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