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The people of the Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources at Kansas State University are dedicated to improving lives through dynamic, diverse education and research programs. If you have any questions that cannot be answered via our website, Contact Us. We are eager to assist you.

We are delivering the news to you! Find out what the HNR faculty, staff and students are doing and major events that are coming up. If you missed one of our news stories that you would like to review, all news stories can be found on the HNR News Page.

Now accepting nominations for our Distinguished Alumni Award. The deadline is May 1. Go here to learn more.

Students and Faculty in the News

Cable Publishes New Book


Ted Cable, Professor of Recreation Resources, is pleased to announce the publication of his new book Interpreting Cultural and Natural Heritage for a Better World published by Sagamore/Venture. This book is a complete revision his previously published textbook Interpretation of Cultural and Natural Resources and features entirely new approaches including starting each chapter with a story to illustrate the contents of the chapter. It also features a cover (pictured above) with original artwork by nationally-known artist Tina Christiansen and a Foreword by New York Times best-selling author Eric Blehm. This is Ted's 17th book and the only comprehensive textbook covering the entire breadth of the heritage interpretation profession.

HNR has Four new Graduate Students


Horticulture and Natural Resources welcomes our four newest graduate students.  From left to right: Sarah Jackson, Gwyneth Schuler, Jacob Schwab and Nicole Martini.

GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year Award - Growing Plants and Relationships

SchneckAwardKaren Schneck is a senior K-State and the 2018 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year. Her love for flowers and gardening was passed down to her from her mother and grandmother. After learning about horticulture and greenhouses through 4-H and FFA (Future Farmers of America), "something just clicked" for Schneck and she realized she wanted to have a career working with plants. Her time at K-State has repeatedly confirmed she chose the right path. 

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Lavis Irrigation & Green Industry Close-up

LavisCathie Lavis, an associate professor in the department of Horticulture and Natural Resources, teaches landscape maintenance, arboriculture and horticultural irrigation. Lavis has taught and nurtured hundreds, if not thousands, of students during her almost thirty years in the department.

In addition to teaching, mentoring, and advising the Horticulture Club, she co-coaches students to compete at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition. She also runs her own small landscape business—something she's done since 1990. These days, she only has a handful of clients, but the major bonus is that these properties offer her real landscapes that she can take her students to, for learning and practice. 

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Congrats to our Fall 2017 Graduates

Pictured are Horticulture (1st picture), Wildlife & Outdoor Enterprise Management (2nd) and Park Management & Conservation (3rd).


Alumna Robyn Schmitz wins Award

RobinSchmitzAlumna Robyn Schmitz, owner of High Prairie Landscape Group, LLC. has been selected as a winner of the 17th annual 25 Under 25 Awards. This is the first time a horticultural company has been recognized for this award.  Robyn graduated in 2009 from Kansas State University, specializing in Landscape Design.  Her success comes as no surprise, while a student, Robyn was keenly involved in the Horticulture Club and Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), which is now called the National Collegiate Landscape Competition. During her years in our program, Robyn’s enthusiasm and passion for horticulture was contagious. She is now recognized for promoting the green industry as a truly professional business that offers quality products and services, employing several of our former students—thank you, Robyn!  Read more....