Who will develop the science, technology and business to cultivate plants for human and environmental health? SPARTANS WILL

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Welcome to the Department of Horticulture. The discipline of Horticulture is the science and art of the production, marketing, and use of high-value, intensively cultivated plants.  For more information about this discipline, visit our infographic or our What is Horticulture page

The Department's mission is to prepare our students for horticulture-related careers in science and business. This includes making new discoveries in the plant sciences; promoting the use of plants and food for improved human health and a safe environment; improving the characteristics, quality and availability of horticultural products; and strengthening the competitive position of the world's horticultural industries. Faculty members possess a diverse array of expertise - both interdisciplinary (e.g., breeding, genomics, development, physiology, metabolism, molecular biology, and sustainable production), and commodity based (e.g., fruits/pomology, vegetables, viticulture, floriculture, nursery crops, postharvest, design and landscape ecology, and marketing) - which they utilize in their research, teaching and outreach programs, at both the national and international levels.

Who will develop the science and technology to cultivate plants for human and environmental health? SPARTANS WILL.


Featured Students

  • Our October 2018 featured student: Joshua Vander Weide

    October 2018

    Published on October 5, 2018

    Joshua Vander Weide is our featured grad student of the month

  • Our September 2018 featured student: Brad Koetje

    September 2018

    Published on September 10, 2018

    Brad Koetje is our featured 2-year student for the month

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Featured Faculty

  • Summer 2018

    Published on June 20, 2018

    Dr. Roberto Lopez is our summer featured faculty

  • Spring 2018

    Published on April 3, 2018

    Dan Chitwood, our newest professor, is our Spring Semester featured faculty.

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  • Nov 1

    Houseplant & Succulent Sale

    November 1, 2018 9:00AM - 7:00PM Plant & Soil Sciences Headhouse and Conservatory (1066 Bogue Street)

    The MSU Horticulture Gardens are largely self-funded. Help us grow by taking home some wonderful airplants, succulents and other houseplants!

  • Nov 10


    November 10, 2018 Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education

    Mingle with CANR alumni and supporters from Michigan’s agricultural and natural resources industries. Starts 3 hours before the kickoff of the MSU football game.

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