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Horticulture and Natural Resources

Horticulture & Natural Resources
2021 Throckmorton PSC
1712 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66506

Ph: +1-785-532-6170
Fx: +1-785-532-6949


Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources shares the Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center with the departments of Agronomy and Plant Pathology. The department is housed on the first three floors of the east wing of the Center. The Plant Sciences Center boasts modern spacious research and teaching laboratories with the latest scientific equipment, and a growth chamber complex.

Each graduate student is provided with office space in Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center, usually shared with other graduate students in the program.

Greenhouse space is conveniently connected to the north side of the building and is framed by the K-State Gardens.

In addition to its campus location, the department manages facilities at several other locations.

All of these resources are available for use by graduate students in their research programs. Lab space and land needs are coordinated by the major professor, who makes the request to the appropriate departmental committee.

Greenhouse Complex

  • Recent $1 million dollar renovation
  • Offers nearly 25,000 sq.ft. of controlled research environments

K-State Gardens

  • Extensive collections of daylilies, irises, and roses
  • Three specialty gardens: Cottage, Butterfly, and Native/Adaptive Plant Gardens

Rocky Ford Turfgrass Research Center

  • 10 acres of turfgrass plots where faculty and graduate students conduct studies in turfgrass science
  • Features one of the few large rainout shelters in the U.S. dedicated solely to research in turfgras
  • Field days where faculty and graduate students present research results to the public

Tissue Culture Labs

  • Located in the Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center

K-State Student Organic Farm – Willow Lake

  • Student run organic fruit and vegetable farm selling to local markets: Farmers Market, Campus Market, local restaurants
  • Student led research on organic production practices for the Kansas River Valley