Dr. James Klett '65 Named "Best Teacher"

Since 1980, Dr. James Klett '65 has been a professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Colorado State University. He also serves as director for CSU's Plant Environmental Research Center and Annual and Perennial Flower Trial Gardens. He also serves on the board of directors of Plant Select®, the country's leading source of plants designed to thrive in the High Plains and Intermountain regions.

Ever since his primary education, Dr. Klett has been on a quest to gain more knowledge and help others learn. He credits his college adviser for inspiring him to continue his education and pursue an advanced degree. In graduate school, he was graduate teaching assistant where he helped students with laboratories and learning the applied aspects of horticulture. This experience lead him to pursue a university-based teaching and Extension career, so that he could help students learn both the scientific and applied aspects of horticulture.

He cites the Annual and Perennial Demonstration Trial Garden and the new Perennial Demonstration Garden as two of his most significant accomplishments. They have developed into major teaching and research gardens for students and the gardening public and are major tourist attractions during the growing season in Northern Colorado.

His teaching approach? "I strongly believe that students learn best by exposing them to various teaching techniques," Dr. Klett said. "Therefore, in most of my courses, students are exposed to lectures with photos and videos, and plant walks where they actually see the plant material and cut specimens to learn from in the laboratory."

Congratulations Dr. Klett! We are extremely proud of you!