Sheri Dorn Public Service Associate and State Master Gardener Coordinator; Area: Consumer Ornamentals Horticulture
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Portrait of Sheri Dorn

Sheri Dorn joined University of Georgia Department of Horticulture on the Griffin Campus in June 2012. She serves as Extension Specialist for Consumer Ornamental Plants and as the State Coordinator for the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program.

As a gardener, Sheri is passionate about vegetable gardening and color in the garden! She enjoys raising vegetables and small fruits with her family. She loves to plant colorful container gardens with annual and perennial combinations, and tries to visit public gardens whenever possible.

As a researcher, Sheri is most interested in the human dimension of horticulture. She seeks to quantify engagement with plants and to describe underlying motivations and benefits for doing so, using a primarily quantitative approach (survey methodology).



Dorn, S. and Hobbs, K. (2020). Debunking the Myth that Technology is a Barrier for Volunteer Training Delivery. Journal of Extension 58(1):RIB5. Available at

Bumgarner, N., Dorn, S., McGinnis, E., Bennett, P., Bauske, E., Krishnan, S., and Bradley, L. (2019). Consumer Horticulture Advancement: Identifying Critical Research Areas and Cultivating Collaborations. HortTechnology, 29(6), 769-776.

Dorn, S., Newberry, M. G., Bauske, E. M., & Pennisi, S. V. (2019). Are We on the Same Page? Exploring National, State, and Local Educational-response Themes for Extension Master Gardener Coordinators and Volunteers. HORTSCIENCE, 54(3), 568-+. doi:10.21273/HORTSCI13679-18

Dorn, S., Bradley, L., Hamrick, D., Weisenhorn, J., Bennett, P., Callabro, J., Behe, B., Bauske, E., and Bumgarner, N. (2018). The National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture: Focusing on the Critical Role of Communication and Collaboration to Further Research, Extension, and Industry Goals. HortTechnology, 28(4), 414-421.

Dorn, S.T., Newberry, M. G., Bauske, E. M., & Pennisi, S. V. (2018). Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of the 21st Century: Educated, Prosperous, and Committed. HORTTECHNOLOGY, 28(2), 218-229. doi:10.21273/HORTTECH03998-18

Bradley, L. K., Behe, B. K., Bumgarner, N. R., Glen, C. D., Donaldson, J. L., Bauske, E. M., Dorn, S., and Langellotto, G. 2017. Assessing the Economic Contributions and Benefits of Consumer Horticulture. HortTechnology, 27(5), 591-598. doi:10.21273/HORTTECH03784-17

Bradley, L., Bauske, E., Bewick, T., Clark, J., Durham, R., Langellotto-Rhodaback, G., Meyer, M., Pooler, M., and Dorn, S. 2016. Developing a national strategic plan for consumer horticulture. HortTechnology 26, 4, 372-378.

Dorn, S., and Slagle, K. 2016. MG SPROUTS: Project-in-a-box approach to educational programming. Journal of Extension [On-line], 54, 2, 2TOT7. Available at

Dorn, S. 2016. A review of Extension Master Gardener program recordkeeping systems. Journal of Extension [On-line], 54, 4, 4TOT8. Available at

Langellotto, G.A. and Dorn, S. 2016. An online resource site focused on best practices in Extension Master Gardener Volunteer management. Journal of Extension [On-line], 54, 3, 3TOT3. Available at

Langellotto, G.A.; D. Moen; T. Straub; and S. Dorn. 2015. The first nationally unifying mission statement and program standards for Extension Master Gardener programs at land grant universities. Journal of Extension 53(1):1IAW1. Accessed online

Relf, P.D. and S.T. Dorn. 1995. Horticulture: Meeting the needs of special populations. HortTechnology 5(3):94-103.

Day, S.D., S.T. Dorn, D. Relf, and J.R. Harris. 1997. Advanced Master Gardener—Tree Steward: Training to Enhance Community Volunteerism. HortTechnology 7(4):363-367.

Dorn, S.  and P.D. Relf. 2000. The Transition from State to Local Funding for Virginia Master Gardener Volunteer Management. HortTechnology 10(1).

Dorn, S., and P.D. Relf. 2001. Assessing the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Coordinator Manual: A Volunteer Management Reference. HortTechnology 11(3).



B.S. (Horticulture): Virginia Tech (1994)

M.S. (Horticulture): Virginia Tech (1999)

Ph.D. (Horticulture): University of Georgia (2019)



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