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Department of Horticultural Science

Discover Horticulture at the University of Minnesota

Hort-About-Us-St-Paul-IMGWhat is Horticulture?

Did you eat any fruits or vegetables today? Enjoy beautiful landscaping in a park? Play golf at a well-managed course?

According to Liberty Hyde Bailey, one of the most famous American scholars of horticulture, "Horticulture is the growing of flowers, fruits and vegetables, and of plants for ornament and fancy." Simply put, horticulture is the art and science of plant production for both beauty and utility. We work with fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants, and turfgrass, in a variety of labs, fields, golf courses and garden centers. 

Rather than staple crops, horticulture focuses on value-added, luxury crops. As a result, we use creativity to seek sustainable solutions in horticultural research to enhance health and quality of life for the world at large.

Why Study Horticulture?

To be challenged intellectually. To work in a job you love. To make a difference in the quality of life for countless others.

Horticulture affects everyone. As a result, the skills you'll learn here will help you to positively impact the world around you.

Why the University of Minnesota?


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Learn more about our undergraduate and graduate programs in horticulture.

Horticulture in Pictures


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