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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 looked around our site we 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!