UT Plant Sciences Professor Inducted into Plantscape Hall of Fame
Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 8:01 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Dick Ott, adjunct faculty member and leader of the Interior Plantscaping Program within the University of Tennessee College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Department of Plant Sciences, is the 2010 inductee into the Plantscape Industry Alliance’s Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame. The Plantscape Hall of Fame was established in 1996 to honor individuals of integrity whose personal dedication provided great leadership in the development and growth of the interiorscape industry either as an interiorscaping professional or as an allied trade professional.
Ott has been a pioneer in the interior plantscaping industry. He formed one of the first successful interior plantscaping businesses in the United States in Knoxville, and went on to become an industry leader through his participation, advocacy and leadership in several trade associations.
“The UT Department of Plant Sciences is fortunate to have a national leader and renowned industry pioneer among its adjunct faculty,” Bob Augé, Department of Plant Sciences head said. “Dick teaches two key courses that prepare students for the green industry and in particular the interior plantscaping industry. He is a talented and passionate educator, much respected by our students.” Ott has established a scholarship in the department for students studying interior plantscaping.
Ott became an adjunct faculty member in the legacy Department of Ornamental Horticulture & Landscape Design in 1999 and has taught courses in the department every year since. He was a founding ambassador of the ALCA Educational Foundation, and he graduated from UT with a BS in Marketing and then later obtained the MBA from UT.
The University of Tennessee College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is one of the UT Institute of Agriculture’s four units. Together the UTIA units provide instruction, research and public service. The other units are the UT College of Veterinary Medicine; UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers; and UT Extension with offices in every county in the state.