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Horticulture Student Designs Landscape for ISU Sculpture Garden

Ellen Sattler, senior in horticulture and English, is a University Museums intern assigned to the Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden surrounding Morrill Hall. During spring semester she researched and selected plants and determined their location. Sattler will spend part of her summer weeding, watering and pruning in the garden. More


Growing hops at ISU’s Horticulture Research Farm

A one-acre hop project is underway at the Horticulture Research Farm. The project is led by Dr. Diana Cochran (Assistant Professor and Fruit Extension Specialist) and will undergo several phases before hop plants are ready to go into the ground. The initial step, recently completed, involved setting 100 black locust poles in the ground. The…


Greenhouse short course comes to Iowa State November 7th

We are excited to announce the 1st Annual Iowa State University Greenhouse Short course on Friday, November 7th at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa- and we hope you can make it! This year our program will feature presentations delivering cutting-edge information for greenhouse growers. Specifically, our program will feature talks on plant growth regulators, flowering,…


New Faculty Member, Diana Cochran comes to Iowa State

Diana Cochran earned her Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Design from Auburn University in 2005. And, immediately started work on her Master’s degree in Nursery Production with an emphasis in alternative weed control techniques.  Upon graduation with her Master’s she was hired as an instructor at Auburn University before starting work on her Ph.D. at Mississippi…


Botany’s New Boys – NYTimes.com

A medium-size state capital does not become a competitive global city without a public display of shrubbery. As theories of urban development go, that’s a novel one. Yet nabobs in Iowa appear to believe in it so strongly that they are raising $18.2 million to close the dogwood gap. Specifically, the civic project is the…


CURRICULUM NEWS – Department of Horticulture Offers New Minor in Landscape Management

​The Landscape Management minor offered through the Department of Horticulture provides a framework for the academic study of the diverse areas of landscape management for non-horticulture majors. The minor combines courses in basic plant growth and development, plant selection, landscape installation and establishment, and landscape construction. The 15-credit minor is comprised of the following courses:Required HORT 221:…