Larry J. Kuhns
Professor Emeritus of Ornamental Horticulture
Department of Horticulture (In 2012 the Department of Horticulture became the Department of Plant Science)
The Pennsylvania State University
B.S. 1968 Penn State University General Agriculture (Plant Pathology)
M.S. 1974 Ohio State University Ornamental Horticulture
Ph.D. 1977 Ohio State University Ornamental Horticulture
U.S. Army 1969 to 1972
Professor Emeritus of Ornamental Horticulture. I had an extension/research appointment at Penn State from 1977 to 1997 during which time I conducted educational programs for the nursery, landscape, and garden center industries; Christmas tree growers; and street tree managers. In 1998 I changed from an extension to a teaching appointment to develop the newly created landscape management option in our Landscape Contracting major. I taught courses on Landscape Establishment and Maintenance, Weed Control in Turf and Ornamentals, and Issues in Landscape Contracting. The Weed Control course is taught on campus and on the web through Penn State’s World Campus. My research centers on vegetation management along roadsides and in nursery, landscape, and Christmas tree plantings; with an emphasis on the proper selection and use of herbicides and low maintenance grasses. I was a leader in an ongoing roadside vegetation management project funded by PennDOT for 22 years; and served as co-principal investigator on a project studying the artillery fungus for six years. I have served on the University Faculty Senate and on the Promotion and Tenure Review Committees of the Department and College.
1. Served on the Board of Directors of The Garden Council, a national nursery marketing group (1988-1991).
2. Research Coordinator and member of the executive committee of the Northeastern Weed Science Society (1992-1994).
3. Served as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Nurserymen’s and Allied Industries Conference (1977-1998). Served as Co-Chairman of the Penn State Christmas Tree Management Short Course (1995-2000).
4. Completed ‘Herbicide Action Course’ conducted by Purdue University (1994).
5. Own and operate a 40 acre Christmas tree farm.
Honors and Awards
1. The Kenneth Post Award for outstanding graduate student research in floriculture, ornamental and landscape horticulture; presented by the American Society for Horticultural Science (1979).
2. First place in the Research Poster competition at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Weed Science Society (1987).
3. Nurseryman of the Year, presented by the Eastern Regional Nurserymen’s Association (representing nine states), in recognition of contributions to the nursery industry in the northeastern part of the country (1987).
4. Second place in the Research Poster competition at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Weed Science Society (1990).
5. Contributed three chapters to “Nursery Production, Second Edition”, which won the Eastern Region Outstanding Publication Award presented by The American Association of Teacher Educators in Agriculture (1990).
6. Mid-career Award from the Pennsylvania chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, national honorary extension fraternity; for excellence in developing and presenting extension education programs (1991).
7. Outstanding Extension Educator Award, presented by the American Society for Horticultural Science; for excellence in developing and presenting extension education programs (1992).
8. Co-leader of the Penn State Roadside Vegetation Management Project, which received the ‘Award for Excellence in Roadside Management’, presented by the National Roadside Vegetation Management Association (1993).
9. Named to Who’s Who in American Education (1993).
10. The 82nd Annual Penn State Horticulture Show was dedicated to me (1995).
11. Extension Aides Award, presented by the American Society for Horticultural Science for the production of the video, ‘Calibrating Herbicide Sprayers’ (1995).
12. Award for Outstanding Applied Research in Turf and Ornamentals, presented by the Northeastern Weed Science Society (1996).
13. First place in the Research Poster competition at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Weed Science Society (1998).
14. Recognized by the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association for outstanding support of the Christmas tree industry in Pennsylvania at their annual meeting, January 16, 1998.
15. Awarded Honorary Life Membership in the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the nursery and landscape industries in Pennsylvania, September 16, 1999.
16. Distinguished Achievement Award for Nursery Crops, presented by the American Society for Horticultural Science (2006)
17. The 93rd Annual Penn State Horticulture Show was dedicated to me (2006).
18. Distinguished Member Award, presented by the Northeastern Weed Science Society (2007).
19. Recognized by the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association for outstanding support of the Christmas tree industry in Pennsylvania at their annual meeting, January, 2007.
Provided upon request