Horticulturalist and Historian
P. Hedrick was born at Independence, Iowa in 1870 to "restless
parents" who moved the family to the woodlands of northern Michigan
where they proceeded to create a farm. A love of nature motivated U.
P. to study its mysteries from a very early age.
received his B.S. degree from nearby Michigan Agricultural College at
Lansing (now Michigan State University) in 1893. For the next two
years he served as an assistant horticulturalist while working on his
master's degree which he received in 1895.
up the academic ladder, he spent two years (1895-97) as a professor of botany and horticulture
at Oregon Agricultural College
(now Oregon State University), followed by two years as a Michigan State
Inspector of Orchards and Nurseries, from 1897 to 1899 at Utah Agricultural College,
followed by five years as a Professor of Horticulture at his alma mater.
1905 he accepted a position at the New York State Agricultural
Experimental Station at Geneva as a horticulturalist, worked towards and
D.Sc. degree from Hobart College, Geneva, New York in 1913.
He was horticulturist at the New York
Agricultural Experiment Station at Geneva, New York from 1905 to 1930. He
had become Director of that institution in 1928 and remained in the position until his retirement in 1937.
was a Fellow of A. A. A. S. and the New York Historical Association. He was
also a member of the American Society for Horticultural Science and the
American Pomological Society.
Hedrick was also much concerned with apple breeding as a part of the
Geneva Research Program. He was a very active pomologist and extended
through his books a profound influence on his times and these publications
are still frequently consulted.
P. Hedrick was one of the first scholars in the new field of agricultural
and horticultural history. His works documenting this field are well
known and referenced to this day.
passed away in 1951.
by or in collaboration with U. P. Hedrick:
Talk On The Apple. Extension Bulletin 1, Michigan Agricultural
College, East Lansing, MI. The apple in Michigan - history, marketing,
reasons for loss of quality, increase in pests; cultural practices for
production of quality fruit, including choice of varieties. This was
the very first of thousands of Extension Bulletins released over the
years by Michigan State University (formerly Michigan Agricultural
of New York, 1908
Plums of New York,
Cherries of New
Peaches of New York, 1917
Manual of American Grape Growing, 1919
Sturtevant's Notes on Edible Plants, 1919
Cyclopedia of Hardy Fruits, 1921
The Pears of
New York, 1922 - Online Version
Systematic Pomology, 1925
Small Fruit of New York, 1925
- Online Version
The Vegetables of New York, 1929
History of Agriculture in the State of New York, 1933
Fruits for the Home Garden, 1944
and Wines from Home Vineyards, 1945
A History of Horticulture in
America to 1860, 1950
of the Crooked Tree, 1948 - Reprint
available at this link