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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

What Happens When You Give Four Horticulturists a Camera

Posted by: Eric Hammond, Adams County Extension

A couple of months ago Dr. Alison O'Connor (CSU Extension), Dr. Tony Koski (CSU Extension), Tyler Mason (Horticulturist at Cheyenne Botanic Gardens) and I got together to film some short videos on tree selection and care.   This was a really interesting experiment in what happens when you give four people with no training in videography a camera.

Our fearless (and only slightly bossy) director.
Notice the use of cutting edge equipment like tripods.

By the end of the day we had purposely bare-rooted container nursery stock, did our best to kill a callery pear with a string trimmer and learned the importance of team work when lifting heavy objects.
We learned a lot and all things considered, I think it turned out pretty well.  Here is the final product (eventually we may break it into shorter videos):

A special thanks to Adams County Colorado Master Gardener Anthony Pressgrove who volunteered his time to edit the video for us.


  1. Ha! I really was totally bossy! Look here, repeat that...speak up! It was actually a great time :)

  2. I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to call you on the use of "Horticulturalist". It's Horticulturist; always has been. The dictionary agrees. Mr. Mason's LinkedIn profile agrees. Horticulturalist is the term that we Horticulturists decide to suffer through when a novice person can't remember the right term for our field of expertise, we just let it go. But, I don't expect it from higher ed, and I think we need to do our part to set the record straight, not support its misuse. I know I sound terrible for pointing that out, but it's a pet-peeve of mine.

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    3. Oh thanks for this! It’s really not something I have ever thought about. Fixed (after several missteps posting a reply from a phone)!