What is Horticulture?
- Horticulture is the science and art of growing plants (fruits, vegetables, flowers, and any other cultivar). It also includes plant conservation, landscape restoration, soil management, landscape and garden design, construction, and maintenance, and arboriculture. In contrast to agriculture, horticulture does not include large-scale crop production or animal husbandry.
Horticulturists apply their knowledge, skills, and technologies used to grow intensively produced plants for human food and non-food uses and for personal or social needs. Their work involves plant propagation and cultivation with the aim of improving plant growth, yields, quality, nutritional value, and resistance to insects, diseases, and environmental stresses. They work as gardeners, growers, therapists, designers, and technical advisers in the food and non-food sectors of horticulture. Horticulture even refers to the growing of plants in a field or garden.
Careers in Horticulture
- Arboretum Director/Associate
- Botanical Gardens Manager/Grounds Associate
- Business Owner
- Community Garden Planner
- Extension Educator
- Floral Designer
- Greenhouse Manager
- Garden Manager
- Garden Center Operations, Sales, Maintenance, Landscaping
- Golf Course Superintendent
- Horticulture Therapist
- Horticulture Marketing/Sales Manager
- Landscape Design
- Lawn Maintenance Foreman/Technician
- Plant Biologist
- Plant Breeder
- Produce Retail Team Member
- Research Scientist
- Urban Garden Manager
Areas of Horticulture Study
- Arboriculture: is the study of, and the selection, plant, care, and removal of, individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants.
- Turf management: includes all aspects of the production and maintenance of turf grass for sports, leisure use or amenity use.
- Floriculture: includes the production and marketing of floral crops.
- Landscape horticulture: includes the production, marketing and maintenance of landscape plants.
- Olericulture includes the production and marketing of vegetables.
- Pomology: includes the production and marketing of pome fruits.
- Viticulture: includes the production and marketing of grapes.
- Oenology: includes all aspects of wine and winemaking.
- Postharvest: physiology involves maintaining the quality of and preventing the spoilage of plants and animals.
Top Horticulture Universities
- Cornell University
- University of Illinois
- Iowa State University
- Kansas State University
- Texas A&M University
- California Polytechnic University
- Colorado State University
- Clemson University
- University of Wisconsion
- University of Georgia
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