Horticulture enriches our lives through gardening and contributing fruits and vegetables to our diets; it improves our environment; it provides recreation in golf courses, parks, and landscapes; and it provides beauty to our homes and public spaces. Careers in Horticulture combine art, science and technology to produce and maintain plants and landscapes.
Four specialization areas offer a broad range of opportunities to prepare for a career in a horticulture profession. Horticulture faculty are dedicated to providing a world-class education. Five different student organizations provide opportunities for industry involvement, travel, and hands-on experiences.
Horticulture Students in the News
Horticulture Student Selected as HortScholar
Karen Schneck was selected as a HortScholar through the AmericanHort organization. The HortScholars program is a competitive scholarship program open to undergraduate and graduate students, attending 2 and 4-year institutions across the United States. HortScholars are awarded an All-Access Pass to Cultivate, one of the horticulture industry's largest professional trade shows and conferences. In addition to the convention pass, scholars receive a complimentary one-year student membership to AmericanHort.
At Cultivate the HortScholars spend seven days attending education sessions, networking and working with industry mentors. It is a truly unique experience designed to assist the scholars with their future horticulture career, through exposure to industry opportunities, and it's leaders.
Horticulture Graduate Student Awarded First Place at K-State Graduate Research Forum
K-State HNR graduate student, Ross Braun competed in the poster competition against other K-State graduate students at the 2017 Kansas State Graduate Research, Arts, and Discovery Forum in Manhattan, KS. Ross placed 1st in the Agricultural Sciences poster session and was awarded a $500 scholarship prize, the title of his poster was "Nitrous Oxide Emissions in a Turfgrass Environment." Congrats Ross!
Undergraduate Students Compete in Research Symposium
Last Friday, three undergraduate turfgrass science students completed in the Gamma Sigma Delta Undergraduate Research Poster Competition; Dani McFadden, Peyton South and Gage Knudson. Peyton South (right) received 1st place and a 100 dollar monetary prize. Congrats to Peyton and a job well done to Dani (middle) and Gage (right)!
K-State Vic and Margaret Ball Intern at Swift Greenhouses
Markis Hill, a senior in Horticulture Production, was awarded a 3-month American Floral Endowment Vic and Margaret Ball Internship earlier this spring. Currently, Markis is in the middle of his internship at Swift Greenhouses in Gilman, IA. Swifts is a 4-acre wholesale perennial, annual and herb plug and potted plant grower. This was the first intern Swift's have had from K-State! During a recent visit to Swifts, Dr. Miller, had an opportunity to tour the facility and visit with Markis. Congratulations, Markis!
Haresnape Receives Scholarships
Horticulture junior Megan Haresnape has been awarded very competitive national floriculture production and marketing scholarships from the American Floral Endowment and the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Much congratulations, Megan!
Students Travel to Italy
Eleven horticulture students experienced horticulture, history and culture during a two-week tour of the Tuscany area of Italy in May 2017. The trip was led by Dr. Cathie Lavis and Dr. Chad Miller. The trip focused on horticulture and historical sites allowing students to fully experience Italian culture and foods. Highlights were the famous Boboli Gardens in Florence, the Vatican in Rome, vineyards and landscapes of Cinque Terre, fruit production in Emilia Romagna, Italy and the many sights and sounds of Venice. Students are pictured in the Medieval Vegetable and Herb Garden at the University of Studies of Perugia, Italy.