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May 08, 2014
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Bilderback Named K-State Horticulture Department’s 2014 Distinguished Alumni

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University’s Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources has named Ted Bilderback as its 2014 Distinguished Alumni.

Bilderback is a professor and director of the J.C. Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University. He earned a Ph.D. in horticulture science at K-State in 1976, after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Emporia State University.

His experience extends to teaching, extension and research. At NCSU he’s taught and served as an adviser to undergraduate and graduate students, and has written numerous extension publications, research, book chapters and journal articles. His work has garnered him many awards and honors, including the Epsilon Sigma Phi Distinguished Service Award in 2012 and the ASHS Blue Ribbon Bulletin for “Preparing Nursery Crops for the Winter in the Southeastern United States” in 2012.

Bilderback’s research and extension programs have focused on environmentally-conscious cultural practices for growing nursery stock. His extension, teaching, and research responsibilities for nursery crops include an emphasis on cultural production techniques.

“Dr. Bilderback was an easy choice for the alumni award due to his long standing and tireless support of the horticulture industry and students for over 30 years,” said Stu Warren, head of K-State’s HFRR department.

As J.C. Raulston Arboretum director, Bilderback has financial and administrative responsibilities for a garden with one of the largest and most diverse collections of plants adapted for landscape use in the Southeast. Plants especially adapted to Piedmont North Carolina conditions are collected and evaluated in an effort to find superior plants for use in southern landscapes.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research & Extension News

Dr. Stu Warren - 785-532-3365 or slwarren@ksu.edu