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What is horticulture?

Horticulture is the science, artistry, business and technology used to produce specialty crops for food and the beautification of the environment.

Why horticulture at OSU?

The opportunities for horticulture students are far-reaching and unique at OSU. This includes learning sustainable practices with hands-on hydroponics or vertical growing systems, gaining experiences related to plant production, maintenance, business practices and client relations. Students also discover opportunities in arboriculture, turfgrass science and public garden management through The Botanic Garden at OSU, which is an outdoor learning laboratory.

Career paths

From greenhouses, laboratories and landscapes, to global food security and eco-awareness, horticulture connects people to the environment. Global dependence on technological advancements and sustainable resource use will require knowledgeable persons to solve the increasingly complex challenges which will arise in feeding our ever increasing populations with limited resources, and creating and maintaining beautiful environments in which to live.


Horticulture career opportunities are ever changing. Horticulture graduates are highly marketable in a career field in which there is a shortage of well-trained graduates to fill available positions.


annually awarded by the OSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Student success

Katelyn Stenmark in greenhouse

"It’s really fun to be a plant nerd. I have a lot of fun explaining to other people different plant systems and what they mean... I feel very valued in that sense."

- Katelyn Stenmark
Franklinton, North Carolina


Study abroad

Horticulture students have the opportunity to travel abroad to experience global greenhouse horticultural production. Countries explored include Belgium, France, Germany and Holland.


Real-world experience

Hands-on laboratories are included in many courses, and students in the department have the unique advantage of utilizing The Botanic Garden at OSU and the Water Conservation and Irrigation Training Center. Additionally, all students in the department are required to complete an internship prior to graduation.

Man mowing turf at OSU's Allie P Reynolds Stadium


In-house design

OSU-developed turfgrasses can be found in ballparks and stadiums across the country including OSU’s Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, OU’s Owen Field, Tennessee Titans’ Nissan Stadium, Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium, Texas Rangers’ Global Life Park and Kansas City Royals’ Kauffman Stadium.


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