Extension Educator, Horticulture
Cook County Unit
11855 Archer Avenue
Lemont, IL 60439
Greg Stack provides leadership in horticulture programs in northern Illinois for both the home gardener and commercial horticulturist with emphasis in the area of herbaceous ornamentals.
Stack graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelors degree in ornamental horticulture and floriculture and a masters degree in horticulture. While at the university, he was president of the Horticulture Club and elected to two honor fraternities: Pi Alpha Xi, horticulture honor society, and Alpha Zeta, agriculture honor society.
He joined Extension as an adviser in horticulture in Will County, where he served for three years before joining the Cook County Extension staff as the special project leader for the Chicago Urban Gardening Program. He is presently a horticulture educator with University of Illinois Extension in Cook County working from Lemont.
In addition to providing programming in ornamental horticulture, Stack is also responsible for training and coaching the state 4-H horticulture judging team. He has been actively involved in the development of Extension displays at major Chicago flower shows and horticulture trade shows.
Included among his awards and recognitions are the Chicago Housing Authority Service Award for helping develop gardening programs; Cook County Farm Bureau's Outstanding Service Award; regional and national award winner in the public information award competition sponsored by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents; and the Bright New City Award presented in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the brightening of Chicago.
Stack's professional affiliations include the Professional Plant Growers Association, Ohio Florist Association, Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, and the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Horticulture is an activity that is enjoyed by individuals with a variety of experience levels and garden sizes. Home gardeners can take advantage of a variety of programs. Information can also be obtained through phone calls and office visits. Samples of plant material can be brought in for diagnosis and suggestions for a solution to the problem can be offered. Home horticulture classes are often taught to groups on selected topics of interest. Individuals wishing to acquire more in-depth horticulture information are able to do so through the University's Master Gardener Program.
Teacher and Youth Related Horticulture
Horticulture and plant science topics offer an interesting avenue of instruction for teachers. Inservice education in plant and soil science related topics are offered so teachers can integrate plant and soil science into their total curriculum. Classroom topics can also be developed as one time special interest sessions for classroom groups. Youth horticulture opportunities are offered to those who want to be involved in horticulture judging and identification contests, public speaking, or demonstration contests.
Individuals and companies involved with horticulture on a professional and commercial basis have a variety of resources available to help them in their business. Extension provides updates for professional horticulturists through grounds maintenance clinics, professional growers meetings, and pesticide clinics. Extension also works closely with professional associations by providing expertise on programs the associations organize. Consultation services are offered to assist growers and horticulture maintenance professionals in the area of pest identification and management, culture, and plant selection.
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