Making the world a better place...
one plant at a time
Horticulture is plant science that includes the study of plant growth and plant interactions with the environment (soil, air, water) to improve human life through the cultivation of crops and the maintenance of a sustainable environment. Horticulture is unique as a scientific field of study in that it often utilizes artistic expression to aid the design of human landscapes and to restore natural environments. At its core it is an environmental science that recognizes that humans are dependent on their environment for sustenance and well-being that has developed as a field of study that recognizes humans are philosophically and artistically linked to nature through millions of years of human evolution.
Virginia Tech’s Department of Horticulture offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in a range of applied and basic environmental plant science topics, from plant-soil interactions, biotechnology, landscape design, sustainable urban landscaping, urban forestry, crop production, and plant breeding.
Our department is committed to engaging students in service and learning projects in the local community. To read more about our Engaged Department Award, click here.
VT Horticulture News
The annual Horticulture Club plant sale is approaching! April 24-26th 8am to 6pm each day at the campus greenhouses on Washington St. See the entire Spring Fling schedule here
Our own Susan Clark is part of a Task Force aiming to eliminate food deserts in VA read the VT News story.
CALS Faculty and Student Profiles: Horticulture undergraduate James Rockwell, and faculty Jim Owen were recently featured. Previous profiles were done on faculty Bingyu Zhao and graduate student Cain Hickey.
Congratulations to Velva Groover! CALS Employee of the Month (December)!