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Re: My trip to Texas

since obviously I haven't taken a horticulture class....
  just what is the difference between a 'leafstalk' and a 'stem'?
  Who is embarrassed to say I have been growing celery for years and didn't know this!

Patricia <pdickson@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
  How fun and hard work at the same time! Really who knew it is the petiole 
of the celery that we eat.
So happy for you,
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Andrea Hodges" 
Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 5:05 AM
Subject: [CHAT] My trip to Texas

> To answer a few questions-
> Melody-my degree is a non-thesis program so I did an oral defense of 
> basically what I've learned. They got to ask me anything they wanted to. I 
> think a thesis would have been easier to defend. And thanks much for your 
> kind words.
> Donna-The greenhouses were fantastic. They 8 of them-two were off limits 
> as they are strictly for the maintenance crew for TTU. When I went down 
> there one of my committee members happened to be working with some of her 
> students so she gave me a whirlwind tour. One greenhouse holds all of the 
> "mother plants" for their interiorscaping classes so it was all house 
> plant material. Everything was in truly lovely shape. I felt like I wanted 
> to shop! The other held mother plants for the propagation classes and yet 
> another the experiments that the students were working on. There are 
> classrooms between greenhouses complete with all new audio visual 
> equipment. Then there is a lab where, for example on student had sets of 
> onions growing in a chamber where they got more CO2 to see if they grew 
> faster than onion sets without them. So far, they were not, which is a 
> mystery they are working to solve. The gardens were neat but of course 
> pretty bare as yet.
> The campus is enormous. According to my advisor and several others it is 
> the largest college campus in the U.S. with the exception of the Air Force 
> Academy and that's only because they have their own runway.
> I spent a large amount of money on sweatshirts and t-shirts with the TTU 
> logo. LOL! Truly-if I had my choice I would have done the degree on 
> campus. I feel like I missed out on a lot but I am glad I got the 
> opportunity to go and see it all. I truly had a good time even with the 
> stress of the defense. None of the trees or shrubs there are native I 
> found out since Lubbock is located in short grass prairie land. Hard pan 
> clay soil. Not what I would consider a gardening friendly environment but 
> there were many nice plantings around campus.
> I stayed with one of my class mates that I met online. She and her husband 
> live literally only 10 minutes walking distance from the Plant and Soil 
> Science building. They too were the nicest people. Older than me, so also 
> non-traditional students. My class mate does her defense in July so she 
> learned a lot from my experience I think.
> Apparently it is tradition for the "defender" to provide refreshments for 
> the committee. So, my advisor took me to the store and I bought bottled 
> water, veggies, fruit, and Mexican pastries (yum). One of my committee 
> member (the one from the greenhouse) pushed the veggie tray towards me and 
> asked me what they all were. So then we got onto the subject of what parts 
> of the vegetable we eat. She made me get up and draw a bunch of celery on 
> the whiteboard. I had to tell her what part of the celery we eat. I said 
> stem-I was WRONG! I finally figured out it was the petiole. Who knew? That 
> was one of the easy questions of course. They kept me for about an hour 
> and 45 minutes and then sent me out of the room. I only had to stand in 
> the hall for a minute or so and then they called me back in and my advisor 
> said Congratulations! So, of course they all hugged me and I wanted to 
> fall in the floor just from the relief. My advisor asked me later if I got 
> the point of bringing food. She laughed and told me the committee is so 
> busy eating that they don't have the focus to just hammer you with 
> questions. Worked like a charm.
> So, what's next-I have to finish the two classes I'm in-Pesticides and my 
> refresher plant propagation undergrad class. Then I get my diploma. And 
> then I'm going to do what I said and read gardening magazines and trashy 
> romance novels for at least a month. I'm done with school. done done done. 
> So really I have no idea what's next. I'll keep you all posted!
> Thanks again for all of the support and congrats and kind words. It means 
> the world to me!
> A
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Melody " 
> To: 
> Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 10:30 AM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] over the milestone
>> A: You are an amazing inspiration...take time to savor your hard earned
>> victory. I'm so proud of you...I know it's been a great deal of hard
>> work for you and this is a real cause for celebration. Do you mind if I
>> ask what you wrote your thesis on? I'm afraid you've probably covered
>> that at some time while I've been gone, but I really am interested in
>> knowing. :-)
>> Blessings in Christ's mercy,
>> Melody
>> Work for the Lord: the pay isn't much but the retirement is out of this 
>> world!
>> --- On Sun 03/16, Andrea Hodges < andreah@hargray.com > wrote:
>> From: Andrea Hodges [mailto: andreah@hargray.com]
>> To: gardenchat@hort.net
>> Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2008 19:36:36 -0400
>> Subject: [CHAT] over the milestone
>> I DID IT!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!! It's over, finito, done, and I PASSED!!!!!
>> I'll 
send more details later, but in a nutshell, it was hard, but I
>> had the BEST 
time. Everyone was so nice and so gracious and I DID
>> IT!!! Now just to 
finish these last two classes and I'll get my
>> degree. THANK YOU for all of 
your positive thoughts, prayers and
>> energy. I know it helped!!!
>> ALL!

----- Original Message ----- 
>> "Pam Evans" 
Sent: Friday, March 14, 2008 3:39
>> PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Horticultural milestone

> Well lady
>> - hope your oral exam is going well. Sending you all the good
> (and
>> smart) vibes I can muster. I'm a planting fool today. Check in when
>> you get home!
> On 3/12/08, Andrea Hodges 
>> wrote:
>> Well I'm looking forward to reading anything be her
>> when I get through
>> with
>> this. Thanks David!
>> A
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "David Franzman"
>> To: 
>> Sent:
>> Wednesday, March 12, 2008 7:40 PM
>> Subject: Re: [CHAT]
>> Horticultural milestone
>> > Andrea good luck to you I
>> know you'll do well. Have fun with it. Nora
>> > Roberts is my wife's
>> favorite.
>> >
>> > David
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > -----
>> Original Message ----
>> > From: Andrea Hodges
>> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
>> > Sent:
>> Wednesday, March 12, 2008 3:14:22 AM
>> > Subject: [CHAT]
>> Horticultural milestone
>> >
>> > OK all, I have to get up at 3:00
>> am tomorrow to get to the Savannah GA
>> > airport
>> > by 5:00. I
>> fly to Lubbock TX to do my oral defense of my degree. It's 
>> >
>> on
>> > Friday at 2:00 pm central time. I need ALL the well wishes,
>> positive
>> > thoughts,
>> > and prayers I can get. I am trying
>> really hard not to be nervous. I
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