University of Florida

Sydney Park Brown

Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
Consumer Horticulture

UF/IFAS GCREC-Plant City Campus
1200 North Park Road
Plant City, FL 33563-1540

Phone: (813) 757-2286
Fax: (813) 707-7399
E-mail: spbrown@ufl.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Background

Education

  • Ph.D. in Education, Adult Education/Curriculum Dev't. (Univ. South Florida), 2000
  • M.Ag., Agriculture and Extension Education (Univ. of Florida), 1983
  • B.S., Ornamental Horticulture (Univ. of Florida), 1975
  • B.A., English Literature (Univ. of Florida), 1973

Work Experience

  • 1/2007-present, Associate Professor and Consumer Horticulture Specialist, Univ. of Florida
  • 2003-2006, Adjunct Teaching Faculty (25%), UF / GCREC / Plant City Campus
  • 1979-2006, Horticulture Extension Agent, Hillsborough Extension Service
  • 1980-pres., Master Gardener Coordinator, Hillsborough Extension Service
  • 1999-pres., Horticulture Program Leader, Hillsborough Extension Service

Extension - 60% Appointment

As the Extension Specialist for Consumer Horticulture, Sydney Park Brown is responsible for developing Extension educational resources for home gardeners. Fact sheets are available at http://EDIS.ifas.ufl.edu or at county Extension offices. She is developing a demonstratioan/teaching garden at the Plant City Campus, produces an on-line Florida Gardening Calendar http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/lawn_and_garden/calendar/ and organizes and participates in gardening conferences around the state.

Teaching - 40% Appointment

Dr. Park Brown teaches horticulture curriculum at UFs satellite campus in Plant City. She currently teaches Environmental Plant ID and Use, Annual and Perennial Gardening and a Plant Propagation lab.

Research

A research study on the effectiveness of weather-based irrigation controllers is currently underway
at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm. Dr. Park Brown is the local coordinator for that project. In Fall, 2007 a research/demonstration project on low-input roses will be installed at the Plant City Campus.