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Speaker: Richard Olsen, Director, U.S. National Arboretum at U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service

Session Title:  Impact on Nurseries: The U.S. Arboretum - Our Role, Your Future

Saturday, July 10  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Description: HRI Featured Session! With the passage of the 1927 National Arboretum Act, Congress fulfilled the will of the people and established a national institute dedicated to "research and education into plant life". For much of this history, the US National Arboretum's focus has been on plant exploration, introduction, conservation and distribution - be it seeds, seedlings, or elite clones and cultivars. As the US Arboretum approaches its centennial in a rapidly changing world of priorities and challenges, they reflect on their legacy and chart the course to continue supporting ornamental plant research in the United States. 

Level: Fundamental          Type: Growing

Richard Olsen

Director, U.S. National Arboretum at U.S. Dept of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service 

Since 2015, Dr. Richard T. Olsen has served as the seventh Director of the United States National Arboretum (USNA). But Dr. Olsen was not always an administrator. From 2006 until his appointment, he was a research geneticist in the ornamental plant breeding and plant genetic resource programs at the National Arboretum. These long-term efforts are beginning to bear fruit as new ornamental tree and shrub cultivars and novel plant introductions are released to support the American nursery and landscape industry. Research expertise in plant breeding, genetics, and germplasm conservation, positions Dr. Olsen well in guiding the National Arboretum and its collaborations with industry and academic partners to provide new technologies and solutions for challenges facing American landscapes.

Dr. Olsen is a recognized international leader in the public garden arena, providing scientific expertise and practical knowledge to multiple national and international arboreta, urban forestry groups, and professional associations, including as honorary member of the Garden Club of America in 2019. Degrees cover all aspects of horticulture from a BS in landscape design (NC State University), through stress physiology during his MS (UGA), to his doctorate in plant breeding and genetics (NCSU).

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