CSU horticulture research receives $100K donation from green industry

By: Steve Monday February 4, 2013 0 comments Tags: Donna Ralston, GreenCo Foundation, Stephen Wallner, Troy Sibelius

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FORT COLLINS - Leaders in the state's green industry have donated $100,000 to Colorado State University for research in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, CSU said.

A group of Colorado industry associations jointly provided the gift, continuing a tradition of funded research over nearly four decades.

The latest gift creates an endowment that will allow a continuation of support in perpetuity, CSU said.

"This research support is a nice example of partnerships our department and land-grant university have with Colorado agriculture," said Stephen Wallner, head of the department.

"Our department is pleased to support industry needs with new discoveries, which ultimately help not only producers but also home and public gardeners."

Donna Ralston, former executive director of the GreenCo Foundation and a leader in providing the donation, said the green industry is especially interested in research that suggests solutions to water scarcity for lawns and gardens.

"Most of the issues in the industry revolve around water conservation, water use and plants that are more drought-tolerant in our semi-arid climate," she said.

"We're interested in understanding everything from plant varieties to better irrigation techniques."

"By donating these assets to an endowment established through the CSU Foundation, we can continue to support horticulture research that benefits the entire green industry for years to come," said Troy Sibelius, former GreenCo Foundation president.

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