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Barb Fair

Associate Professor and Landscaping, Arboriculture, Urban Greening Extension Specialist

Kilgore Hall 154

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Join the Wall and Paver Construction Webinar presented by Dr. Barb Fair on Tuesday, November 11th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Receive technical training to further develop your knowledge of the proper construction of segmental retaining walls and interlocking concrete paver projects. The class will cover all components used in the construction of segmental walls, as well as basic engineering and soil properties/performance that will help you meet the required specifications. Additionally, you will receive technical training regarding the installation of pavement systems.

Area(s) of Expertise

I am the Landscape Extension Specialist and I also teach plant identification. I am working with the county extension agents, the urban/suburban communities and the landscape industry, and will certainly serve any others who need my assistance.

I have worked extensively in education, state and local government, and industry over the years and have developed many interests.

My expertise lies in woody plant identification and selection, maintenance, and planting. I am also interested in soil and water issues in the landscape, and am a Certified Arborist. I belong to the International Society of Arboriculture, and pursue many interests in this area.

My research efforts concentrate on soil and water issues in the landscape, as well as field trials directed at specific genera.


Landscape horticulture provides direct and indirect assistance to professionals and consumers deal with their unique challenges with knowledge based in research. Homeowners often need additional tools to select the right plants for their site, to install them correctly, and to employ proper management tactics. Below are some video and publication resources to assist with arboriculture and landscaping efforts.

Current Duties and activities

Currently I have a 70% extension and 30% teaching position. Fall semester 2007 I taught HS 011, Plant Identification for the Agricultural Institute. I will continue to teach this course every fall, at least in the near future.

My primary focus is landscape extension. I will be assisting the industry, county extension agents, community and county leaders and colleagues.

I also will conduct research primarily in soil and water use issues.

Selected Publications

  • Fair, B.A. 2005 Growth Response and Adaptability of Acer rubrum and Acer xfreemanii Cultivars to Soil Compaction. PhD Dissertation, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
  • Fair, B.A. 1994. Effectiveness of Community Forestry Grants in Pennsylvania.  M.F.R. Thesis, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
  • Still, D., B. A. Fair and H. Gerhold.  1996.  Community Forestry Grants in Pennsylvania: How effective are they.  J. of Forestry.  January Vol. 94 (1):  26-30.
  • Fair, B.A.  1998.  To Prune or Not to Prune…  The Ohio Woodland Journal Vol. 5 (4): 6-9.
  • H. So, C. Shin, H. Kim, J. Yoo, H.Choi, M. Hur, B. Fair, E. Kong, and Y. Hyun, et al. 2002.  Ten Million trees: Making a Livable City.


PhD Landscape Horticulture The Ohio State University 2005

MFR (Masters of Forest Resources) Urban Forestry The Pennsylvania State University, 1994

BS Forest Science The Pennsylvania State University, 1980


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