Why Horticulture?

Please check out the "Why Horticulture" slideshow to see if Horticulture may be the right fit for you.

Plants have intrigued people for thousands of years. They beautify our surroundings and provide materials for our basic needs of food and shelter. Horticulture is the art and science of growing plants including trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. In addition to growing plants horticulturists also are involved in landscape design and construction and golf course and sports field management.

Plant yourself in the Perfect Career

As Chinese philosopher Confucius once said, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

Horticulture offers many career possibilities including:

  • Sod Production
  • Public Gardens
  • Nursery & Greenhouse Production
  • Landscape Management & Lawn Care
  • Landscape Design & Installation
  • Irrigation Design & Installation
  • Golf Course & Sports Turf Management
  • Garden Center Management
  • Fruit and Vegetable Production

Today our world presents new and complex problems related to the environment and the need for secure and reliable food supplies. Horticulturists will play an important role in addressing these issues.

Is Horticulture right for you?

One of the best things about horticulture is the number of different specialties and career opportunities. This variety allows people with different backgrounds, skills and interests to find satisfying careers.

If you have some of the following qualities then you should consider a career in horticulture:

  • Creativity
  • Interest in the environment
  • Enjoy the outdoors
  • A desire to help people
  • Mathematical and analytical skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Technological savvy

Opportunities in Horticulture are growing

Jobs in various aspects of horticulture continue to increase. And, the number of available jobs continues to exceed the number of graduates. Horticulture companies throughout the country offer attractive salary and benefit packages to well-trained professionals.

Horticulture at Iowa State University

Horticulture students choose areas of specialization to focus their studies. Students work with faculty advisors to select courses and internships that will prepare them for a career in horticulture. The ISU Department of Horticulture has strong support from green industry organizations, garden clubs, horticulture societies and individuals who provide scholarships for students who are interested in studying horticulture.

The Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University addresses the ecological, aesthetic, social, and economic value of our environment through management of natural ecosystems; food production systems; and the design, construction, and management of commercial, residential, and municipal landscapes, golf courses and parks.

Iowans benefit from the department's contributions to food production, aesthetics, recreation, and sustainable management approaches.

An invitation: Come share our passion for all things green and growing and watch your world blossom with opportunities.