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What is public horticulture?

The public horticulture option emphasizes the design, installation and management of horticultural plantings in public spaces including arboreta and municipalities.

Why public horticulture?

You will gain a diverse knowledge in horticulture, business, design, leadership and education which will allow you to educate the general public of horticulture and the practices.

Career paths

Our graduates can look forward to a career in one or more of the following fields:


annually awarded by the OSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture


Fast fact

OSU's public horticulture option within the horticulture major is one of only a few bachelor's degrees in the country targeted to a career in public garden management.


Real-world experience

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

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