Richard W. Harris Urban Horticulture Scholarship

Richard W. Harris Urban Horticulture Scholarship now available to UC Davis students!

The Britton Fund has contributed $25,000 to the UC Davis Foundation in order to create an endowed scholarship in the Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.  The scholarship and the endowed fund created by this gift shall be known as the Richard W. Harris Urban Horticulture Scholarship.

The Britton Fund is very pleased to make this gift to further the excellence of the horticultural teaching program at UC Davis, and is honored that this commitment will be a part of The Campaign for UC Davis. Undergraduate students majoring in Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry are eligible for the annual scholarship and may apply through UC Davis.

About Dr. Richard W. Harris

Richard W. HarrisArborists around the world knew Dr. Harris as a member of the faculty at the University of California, Davis where he worked in the Environmental Horticulture Department from 1950 – 1986.  In addition, Dick served as director of the Parks and Recreation Administrators Institute from 1960-84 and president of the International Society of Arboriculture.  He was the author of Arboriculture – The Integrated Management of Landscape Trees, Shrubs and Vines, first published in 1983.  Dick was also one of the founders of the California Tree Failure Report Program.

In a time when most arborists focused on pruning for aesthetic reasons, Dr. Harris expanded on his early training and research in pomology to teach students how to prune young trees to enhance structure.  Working with UCD engineers, he tackled the problem of staking and trunk development, demonstrating that placing the stake next to the trunk causes the trunk to grow away from the stake.  Representing the ISA, Dick served on the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers and was an author of the 8th edition and CTLA Chair for the 9th edition.

Dick was a devoted husband and father as well as a mentor to students and arborists.  To call him a gentleman would not do him justice.  Dick had a respectful, thoughtful manner to go along with his knowledge and curiosity.