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Horticulture and Natural Resources

Cheryl Boyer

Boyer, CherylAssociate Professor of Nursery Crops
Office: 3601 Throckmorton

785-532-5780 fax

Area(s) of Specialization:
Alternative Substrates, New Media Technologies for Garden Center Marketing (Social Media), Nursery Crop Production, Woody Plants


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Bio Brief

Twitter: @cherylboyer

Sustainable Potting Materials Research: www.sustainablesubstrates.com

Kansas Healthy Yards and Communities: www.kansasgreenyards.org

NurseryWorks: A Conference for Nursery Growers and Retail Garden Centers

Twitter: @Nursery_Works
Facebook: NurseryWorks

Raised in the town of a certain Big XII rival in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Dr. Cheryl Boyer leads the Department’s extension programming for nursery crops. She spent her undergraduate years at Oklahoma State University studying Landscape Architecture. She then obtained her M.S. at OSU and went on to Auburn University in Alabama for her Ph.D.

Currently, Boyer has a 75% extension and 25% research appointment, and she co-teaches the course Nursery Management. Boyer is the first faculty member to hold her position at K-State, and she is eager to help increase the size of the nursery industry in Kansas. This industry is her focus for both her extension and research responsibilities. She serves the growers in Kansas as well as county horticulture extension agents through service to their Master Gardener educational programs. Her position allows Boyer to travel across the state and do what she loves most: helping people meet their business goals and solve production problems, or teaching consumers about landscaping and woody plants.


B.S. Landscape Architecture, Oklahoma State University, 2003
M.S. Horticulture, Oklahoma State University, 2005
Ph.D. Horticulture, Auburn University, 2008

Area of Emphasis

Dr. Boyer’s research focusing on grower needs and interests of the ornamental nursery industry includes production issues in both container-grown and field-grown crops. Current studies consist of exploring alternative, sustainable potting materials (substrates) made from local tree species for container-grown plants.


Baker, L.M., C.R. Boyer, H.H. Peterson and A.E.H. King. 2017. Online opportunities: A quantitative content analysis. HortTechnology (Accepted; in revision).

Yao, B., A. Shanoyan, H.H. Peterson, C.R. Boyer, L.M. Baker. 2017. The use of new-media marketing in the green industry: Analysis of social media adoption and impact on sales. J. Ag. and Appl. Econ. (Submitted)

Stebner, S., L.M. Baker, H.H. Peterson, and C.R. Boyer. 2017. Marketing with more: An indepth look at relationship marketing with new media in the green industry. J. of Appl. Communications 101:7-18. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4148/1051-0834.1001

Barton, E.T., E.A. Barton, S. Barton, C.R. Boyer, J. Brosnan, P. Hill, J. Hoyle, J. Reid, J. Seger, and E. Stafne. 2017. Using technology to enhance extension education and outreach. HortTechnology 27:177-186. DOI: https://doi.org/10.21273/HORTTECH03608-16.

Stebner, S., C.R. Boyer, L.M. Baker, H.H. Peterson. 2017. Relationship marketing: A qualitative case study of new-media marketing use by Kansas garden centers. Horticulturae 3(1), 26; doi:10.3390/horticulturae3010026.

Barden, C., C.R. Boyer, B. Morales, L. Fisher. 2017. Promoting red elm (Ulmus rubra Muhl.) germination with gibberellic acid. J. of Forestry 115:393-396.

Barden, C., B. Morales, C.R. Boyer. 2016. Promoting red elm (Ulmus rubra Muhl.) germination with gibberellic acid. J. of Forestry. (In Press)

Brock, J.A., J.J. Griffin, and C.R. Boyer. 2015. Rooting stem cuttings of herbaceous and woody ornamentals in substrates containing eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana). J. Environ. Hort. 33(4):155-159.