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

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Background


  • 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 or at county Extension offices. She is developing a demonstratioan/teaching garden at the Plant City Campus, produces an on-line Florida Gardening 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.


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.