Natalie Bumgarner is the University of Tennessee Residential and Consumer Extension Specialist and Statewide Extension Master Gardener coordinator. She is a West Virginia native who grew up in agriculture and has been active in various facets of horticulture for nearly 20 years. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from West Virginia University with a focus in ornamental greenhouse production. Following that, she received a M.S. degree from WVU and did research on growing practices for small scale organic vegetable producers. Natalie received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University where she researched the impact of growing environments on yield and crop composition in leafy vegetables. Prior to joining UT in 2014, Natalie undertook postdoctoral work in vegetable grafting and cropping to target international nutrition needs at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, OH. She was also employed as the Horticulturist and Research Director for CropKing, Inc. in Lodi, OH, where her work focused on research and education in the area of small to medium scale greenhouse vegetable production.
When the great outdoors just won’t do: Planning for and using home greenhouses. There are many ways that home greenhouses can be used to increase the quality, productivity and enjoyment of our gardening ventures. However, there are many considerations for purchase and management that are based on geography, climate, and crop needs. Join Natalie Bumgarner for a presentation and discussion on considerations in selecting and using a home greenhouse to take your horticulture to the next level.