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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.

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

Students and Faculty in the News

Chris Rea - 2014 Graduate of HNR, Passes Away

ChrisReaPLANET2014_600pxOn Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Chris Rea, a 2014 graduate of the Department of Horticulture and National Resources passed away suddenly in his sleep. Chris was attending the 42nd National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) at Alamance Community College in North Carolina.  Chris was representing, Mariani Landscape, Lakebluff, IL, the company he worked for since graduating. Chris is pictured in the 2014 team photo, on the far left, back row.  Read more....

Students from Across the Country Visit National Parks

Sharp_NtlParks2018Ryan Sharp, Assistant Professor of Park Management & Conservation, led a group of 10 Ph.D. and M.S. students from across the country, in a week long experience in Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve and Death Valley National Park in California. These student came together as part of the Park Break program sponsored by the George Wright Society, a professional conservation organization, and funded through the National Park Service. The students, along with mangers from the parks and faculty from Clemson University and Kansas State University spent the week discussing visitor use management. The students gathered a great deal of information that will be used to generate a report to the parks that will assist in long term visitor use management planning.

Two Universities, One Versatile Innovation™ Zoysia Grass

Fry_Innovations2018Two prestigious land grant universities, Kansas State and Texas A&M worked together to develop what is likely to be a very impactful improved turf grass that will be used in applications from landscapes to golf courses. Leading the collaboration were Dr. Jack Fry, Professor - Turfgrass Science, Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources at KSU and Dr. Amika Chandra, Associate Professor - Turfgrass Breeding and Genetics, Texas A&M.  Read more....

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.