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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
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.
Graduate Assistantships available! Apply by February 15, 2014. Learn more
Congratulations to Velva Groover! CALS Employee of the Month (December)!
Horticulture Graduate Student in Viticulture, Cain Hickey, is featured on the CALS website
Position Announcement: Assistant Professor of Horticulture/Cropping Systems at Eastern Shore AREC (Painter, VA) Announcement
Plant and Microbial Genomics Cluster Hire Announcement (including one Horticulture postition in Translational Genomics) website
New EAB iBook available! Download it here.
Graduate Research Assistantship for Studying Appalachian Community Food Security in Virginia due December 1, 2013. More information.
Mark Williams's soil microbiome research featured in a VT News article