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W.T. Brightwell

W.T. Brightwell

Small Fruits Research

Career Highlights:

Dr. Brightwell released ten varieties of blueberries. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis once contacted Dr. Brightwell to acquire blueberry plants for the Onassis privately-owned Greek island of Skorpios. Brightwell sent five plants each of ten different varieties. Today, Georgia produces more blueberries than any other state.

Dr. Brightwell maintained a camellia garden on the Coastal Plain Experiment Station (now UGA Tifton) campus. He was an American Camellia Society accredited judge for camellia shows in Florida and Georgia.


  • Founding member of the Georgia Blueberry Growers Association and was honored for his contributions toward the growth of the blueberry industry in Georgia.
  • Big Blue Award from the Florida Blueberry Growers Association.
  • Pioneer Award from the Michigan Blueberry Growers Association.
  • Certificate of Merit from the Garden Club of Georgia.