PLEASE NOTE: Our website is currently under renovation. Please watch for our new website coming in August, 2014.


Welcome to the Department of Horticulture at
Iowa State University

Some of you might have come looking for us. Others simply might have stumbled upon our site. Either way, we're glad you stopped by for a visit. But before you depart this page to learn more about our department, take just a moment to ponder the importance of horticulture in our daily lives. And maybe the best place to begin is with a definition.

Horticulture is the science and art of producing and utilizing food crops (fruits and vegetables), turfgrass, nursery crops (trees, shrubs, annuals, and perennials), and greenhouse grown ornamental crops. Some people make horticulture their profession but practically everyone is positively affected on a daily basis by horticulture.

So where does the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State fit into the picture? Well, the answers are found right here on our brand new web site. And we're as proud of it as we are our faculty, staff, and students. Once you've perused our site I think you'll agree, great things are happening here in Ames. But don't make this your only visit. In fact, we expect to see you on a regular basis. Enjoy!


Welcome to the Department of Horticulture! The mission of the Iowa State University Department of Horticulture is to create and maintain research, teaching, and extension programs and to promote enthusiasm and excitement, for the science, production, and creative utilization of plants for the betterment of Iowans and all humankind. Specifically the Department of Horticulture conducts research and educates citizens in ways that: Provide a firm foundation in the science, skills, and arts fundamental to a proficiency in horticulture through undergraduate and graduate degree programs, improve the quality of human life, enhance the quality of the environment, foster immediate and long term stability, vitality, and growth of horticulture as a key component of economic and rural development in Iowa, improve the quality of horticultural products and services, improve and preserve the safety of horticultural products, advance basic knowledge in the plant sciences, and improve the profitability of horticultural enterprises in Iowa.


The Department of Horticulture offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees and also offers degrees in several interdisciplinary graduate majors.

Please explore the links to the left to learn about the history of the Department of Horticulture, our faculty and their specific research interests, our undergraduate and graduate curricula, our extension programs, ongoing events and news items, and much more.