Meet the VT Floriculture Team

Joyce Latimer — Greenhouse Horticulture

Dr. Latimer is the state Extension Specialist for Greenhouse Crops for Virginia. She assists county VCE agents in solving grower problems and developing educational programming for commercial greenhouse operators. She also serves as an educational advisor to the Virginia Flower Growers Association. Dr. Latimer conducts research on plant growth and development with an emphasis on growth regulation of herbaceous perennials. She also works with conditioning, plant/pest relationships, and production of greenhouse-grown crops.

Holly Scoggins — Floriculture/Horticulture

Dr. Scoggins’ research interests include improving greenhouse and nursery production systems for herbaceous perennials with an emphasis on mineral nutrition. Other interests include flowering physiology of and production methods for new floriculture crops; also evaluation of potential crops for greenhouse forcing of high-value specialty cut flowers. She teaches Floriculture Crops Production and Herbaceous Landscape Plants I & II.

Daniel Jackson — Research Specialist

Daniel manages the floriculture greenhouses on campus and off site locations for the team. These locations house faculty research projects involving media and nutrition studies, and plant growth regulator research projects for Dr. Scoggins and Dr. Latimer, respectively. His daily responsibilities include monitoring site conditions, scouting for insect and disease pressures, and fertility management. Daniel also works closely with both undergraduate and graduate students in the Horticulture Department, training students in good floriculture practices, qualitative and quantitative data collection, and data analysis for both faculty and student research projects.