Campus News

Peter Moe '75 '82 named Director of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Peter Moe, interim director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and two-time CFANS alumnus, has been named Director of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, effective Sept. 16. Moe was named after a national search for a new director, but has been interim director since January, when he was named to that role to replace Ed Schneider, the previous director. Moe started work at the Arboretum as an undergraduate student gardener in 1973 and worked as a Research Plot Technician and Landscape Maintenance Supervisor before being promoted to Director of Operations and Research at the Arboretum in 1991, a role that includes managing the Horticultural Research Center next door to the Arb. Along with his role at the Arboretum, he has been an instructor in the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota and is a graduate of the department. Moe also holds a Master of Agriculture degree from the U’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

“I am honored and excited to be appointed Arboretum Director and look forward to working with a great Arboretum staff, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation Board and colleagues in CFANS to build on the excellence in horticultural displays, research and education programs that the Arboretum has long been known for,” Moe said.

His new role comes at a time of change at the Arboretum. The new Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center celebrates its grand opening next month, marking the beginning of a new era in community outreach, and the Arboretum has recently completed a major fundraising campaign that exceeded its $60 million goal and has led to new projects including an acclaimed sculpture garden and preservation of the historic Leon Snyder building as well as the bee center. The Arboretum also set an attendance record of 464,252 visitors during the fiscal year ending on June 30. Learn more.

UMN Extension: How to manage tomato diseases in your home garden

Michelle Grabowski, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, gives some tips on how you can manage tomato diseases in your home garden. Watch this video and learn more!

Welcoming the CFANS Class of 2020

Nearly 340 new first-year CFANS students have arrived on campus. University of Minnesota Welcome Week officially began on Wednesday, Aug. 31, for the Class of 2020. Transfer students also are learning to navigate the U via Transfer Welcome Days. Fall semester officially kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 6 with 2020 undergraduate students enrolled in CFANS. Do you have any advice for students embarking on their college careers? Tweet out your advice to @cfansalumni and use #UMN20 - we'll share it!