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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
Get your tickets for the 9th Annual Garden Gala at Hahn Horticulture Garden Saturday June 8th 5:30-9pm!
Congratulations to Normand Adams for being recognized as a 2013 Outstanding Undergraduate Student by the American Society for Horticultural Science!
Greg Peck featured in the Winchester Star for his work with orchard covers to protect cherries from cracking.
Congratulations to Alex Niemiera for receiving a grant to install an edible landscape demonstration garden and the Hahn Horticulture Garden!
Congratulations to Susan Clark for being nominated by VT Engage for the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award!
Congratulations to Jake Browder and Rich Marini, Horticulture’s alumni of the year! Read more (p. 3-4) in our March newsletter!
Horticulture students featured in CALS Innovations for rebuilding Harding Elementary School’s student greenhouse.
Congratulations to Dave Close, Mark Williams, Bingyu Zhao, Susan Clark and Laurie Fox for receiving grants from the 2013 CALS Integrated Internal Competitive Grants Program
Congratulations to Horticulture PhD student Hua Xiao for being selected to be 2012 ICTAS scholar!