A number of ancient civilizations developed horticulture, the art and science of growing and propagating plants. This term, first used in 1678, comes from the Latin “hortus”, or “garden”, and “culture”, meaning “to cultivate.” Since its beginnings, horticulture has substantially developed; today, it far exceeds the mere growing of plants practiced in antiquity. Horticulturists may engage in this pursuit for pleasure; many, however, treat it as a profession, spending their lives in dedication to researching and improving horticultural practices. Dr. Freeman S. Howlett provides a prime example of the latter.
A professor at Ohio State University, Dr. Howlett spent years researching topics related to horticulture, particularly the relation of hormones to cultivation, the structure and reproduction of plants, and leaf analysis. His notable accomplishments include the development of the Melrose apple, in addition to several lesser-known varieties.
Dr. Howlett contributed his expertise to numerous professional organizations, including the American Institute of Biological Science, where he held a chair on the Board of Governors. He also served for a time as the President of the Society of Horticultural Science and a Fellow of the London Royal Horticultural Society. In honor of his achievements, Ohio State University named its horticulture and food science building Howlett Hall.
After teaching for nearly half a century, Dr. Howlett retired, leaving his students to continue his horticultural work. However, his online courses on the history of horticulture perpetuate his legacy.
About the Author: For more than two decades, Michael Vereen has practiced law from his office in Kennesaw, Georgia. His areas of expertise include bankruptcy claims, DUI charges, and personal injury cases. In his spare time, Michael Vereen spends time expanding his horticulture skills.