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Horticulturist Richard Jauron Retires

Richard Jauron is retiring after 36 years of answering questions for the Hortline at Iowa State University and sharing his expertise with listeners during "Horticulture day," on Talk of Iowa.
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If you're a dedicated listener to "Horticulture Day" on Talk of Iowa, you know Richard Jauron's voice, if not his name. He's the kind, patient man who's been answering listener questions, often the same ones over and over, for the past 36 years. Today was his last broadcast before retirement, and his colleagues offered a heartfelt tribute.

The following is taken, with permission, from ISU Extension's "Horticulture and Home Pest News."

After graduating from Harlan High School in 1972, Jauron’s long and illustrious horticulture career started right here at Iowa State as he began work on a bachelor’s degree in horticulture. Once achieved, he went on to earn a Master of Science degree at Kansas State University.

Along the way, Jauron gained valuable experience and training during internships at the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia.

With all that experience and accumulated knowledge in tow, Jauron found his way back to Ames in January 1984. He began a career that would impact thousands of lives, making Iowa State University the place to go for consumer horticulture information.

From answering questions on the popular Hortline telephone and email service to his weekly spot on Iowa Public Radio’s “Talk of Iowa: Horticulture Day” radio program, Richard Jauron, with his calm and reassuring brand of horticulture advice, has helped countless Iowans and their plants live more productive, healthy and enjoyable lives.

“I've learned so much from Richard,” said Cynthia Haynes, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State. “He impacted so many people, including his colleagues that worked with and benefited from his encyclopedic knowledge of plants and plant care.”

Richard Jauron will be sorely missed, as will his offerings to this newsletter, with the current installment his last contributions. Many excellent educational resources created by Richard are available to help fill the void.

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