Dr. Mary Meyer
Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1993, Plant Breeding and Genetics
M.S. Cornell University, 1973, Ornamental Grass Taxonomy
B.S. Clemson University, 1971, Ornamental Horticulture
Dr. Meyer joined the Horticultural Science faculty in 1993 and has primarily an Extension/outreach and research appointment. Her research interests include native and ornamental grasses, especially Miscanthus, Schizachyrium, and Pennisetum. She is interested in propagation and production of grasses including cold hardiness, and sustainability of grasses for landscaping, especially in northern climates. She also conducts research on alternative low maintenance turfgrasses. She has studied Miscanthus and where it has escaped in the United States and authored the website entitled Miscanthus: Ornamental and Invasive Grass. She is the author of the publication Ornamental Grasses for Cold Climates which can be purchased from the Arboretum Online Gift Store.
Dr. Meyer is responsible for the development and coordination of statewide multi-media educational programs in environmental and consumer horticulture. Her main office is at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum where she is the Arboretum Professor of Applied Research and Consumer Horticulture. She was the State Coordinator for the Master Gardener program in Minnesota for 13 years.
She coordinates Hort 4000, International Experiences in Horticulture, and teaches Hort 3000 Global Seminar on English Garden History.