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Horticulture

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Calling all Green Thumbs for our Horticulture Program

Do you have a green thumb or plant passion? The Crookston campus is where you’re surrounded by natural beauty and you can do what you love - meaning, you will be literally “in the weeds” from day one. Whether it is in one of our many greenhouses or the campus gardens you are leaning hands on in many environments. Learn skills such as conservation techniques, landscape restoration, and garden design. All horticulture students are introduced to botany, woody plants, entomology, plant pathology, and soil science. Where gardens, greenhouses, and labs are your classroom… get ready to get your hands dirty!

Horticulture is a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

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    Median Pay $28,040 - $73,970
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    Environmental Landscaping
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    Urban Forestry
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    Production Horticulture

Major in the making of you

Assistant Professor Eric Castle Explains the Horticulture Program

Eric Castle, an assistant professor in the Horticulture Program at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, talks about the program and what sets it apart. His focus is within the Environmental Landscaping Emphasis. The Horticulture Program is administered through the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at the U of M, Crookston.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Environmental Landscaping
  • Production Horticulture
  • Urban Forestry

Certifications

Students can attain a pesticide certification and a Minnesota Nursery Landscape Association (MNLA) certification.

Career Paths

Landscape designer, Landscape contractor, Landscape installer, Nursery Manager, Hardscape specialist, Hardscape supplier, Xeriscaping specialist, Turf care professional, Nursery production manager, Tree care professional, Parks manager, Arborist, Vegetable production manager, Floriculture production manager, Garden center manager, Plant broker/buyer, Floral designer/florist, Wholesale grower/propagator/manager, Sales representative, Writer/educator, Extension educator, Horticulture specialist, Research scientist, Plant breeder, Federal/municipal plant inspector, Peace Corp/US Government volunteer...or go on to graduate school.

ON-CAMPUS

Horticulture

AT A GLANCE...

  • Bergland Laboratory has state-of-the-art labs, greenhouses, and growth chambers.

  •  Crookston campus has four double poly production houses with equipment for commercial crop production.

  • Students work in the Campus Garden which provides fresh vegetables for campus food services.

  • Students get "real-world" experience scheduling, growing, and selling specialty commercial crops, poinsettias, lilies, annual bedding & vegetable plants.

  • Get involved with the UMC Horticulture Club who actively participates in conferences, nursery seminars, entrepreneurial, and community projects.

  • Student clubs and organizations participate in and consistently place in the top three in the Mid-America Collegiate Horticultural Society national contest and are successful at job fairs such as Professional Landcare Network Student Career Days, Northern Green Expo, and the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA).

REAL. HANDS-ON. READY.

At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Meet your future professors

  • Phil Baird

    Associate Professor
  • Eric Castle

    Associate Professor
  • Theresa Helgeson

    Lab Services Coordinator

Student Stories

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    Jacoby McConkey and Meghan (Messerschmidt) Arms
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    Jacoby McConkey and Meghan (Messerschmidt) Arms share a passion for the horticulture industry. While they currently hold different positions in the same field, they both enjoy working with the people in their profession and were excited to share their passion for the industry, while describing through their individual goals and accomplishments.
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    Horticulture Landscaping students creating a maze at Castle Park in Crookston MN
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    Students in Hort 3040: landscape installation and maintenance, worked with community leaders to design and install a hedge maze at a park in Crookston. Students presented their designs to community decision makers and a final design was selected. Students worked on the layout and planting over several weeks to installed the hedge maze before the onset of winter. They were excited to see how the final product enhanced the play experience and health of kids at the Natural Play Space at Castle Park.
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    Heidi Schol Reitmeier in the UMC Greenhouse
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    A student work-study job in the greenhouse at the University of Minnesota Crookston helped lead to a major in Horticulture for Heidi Shol Reitmeier. “I didn’t know what I was going to major in, but my love for working in the greenhouse made me realize I wanted to work with plants,” she says. Attending college in her backyard was an easy choice, “It seemed like such a good place for me, and I liked the community connections.”
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    Caleb Rempel examining leaves of a plant in the UMC Greenhouse
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    He enjoys growing plants now, but one day Caleb Rempel hopes to help future college students grow to their full potential. The Agronomy and Horticulture double major from Mountain Lake, Minn., has been involved in a number of projects on campus within his field of study. Last summer he helped lay groundwork for ongoing hops research monitoring evaporation rates and mulch usage with the young hops.
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    Mackenzie Cochran
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    One can almost imagine it, several generations of family passing down gardening tips, trading varieties of their favorite plants, enjoying trips to the greenhouse together, while propagating their passion for growing things. Mackenzie Cochran of Grand Forks, N.D., doesn’t have to imagine it; her family shares a longtime love of gardening that started with her great grandmother. It isn’t surprising Cochran would find her way to the University of Minnesota Crookston to major in horticulture.
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    Students standing with faculty in the UMC Greenhouses with poinsettias
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    More than 600 rooted poinsettia cuttings arrived in August at the University of Minnesota Crookston in anticipation of another holiday season. Under the skill and coaxing of students involved in the commercial floriculture class, those cuttings developed into a beautiful poinsettia crop.