Our next meeting will be virtual and is scheduled for Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 10 am, when John Dole will present A Floral Journey: Discovering the Magic of Flowers.

Dole is the associate dean and director of academic programs for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. He also is currently executive advisor to the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, a 1,600-member national organization devoted to the production and utilization of cut flowers.

Dole has an international reputation for his significant research in floricultural crop production and postharvest handling and use of cut flowers, cuttings, and poinsettias, as well as his contributions to teaching, extension, and outreach in the field of floriculture.

He is one of the founding members of Seed Your Future, whose mission is to promote horticulture and inspire people to pursue careers working with plants. This public-private partnership between universities, the American Society for Horticultural Science, and Longwood Gardens has grown to become a full-fledged national movement and organization.

Dole has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, more than 300 industry publications, and 7 books, including the floriculture textbook Floriculture Principles and Species.