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With the high cost of tuition and the rising expenses associated with running teaching and laboratory facilities, students and university departments increasingly rely on the generosity of donors to support their work. The Department of Horticultural Science has a rich history of giving, which has allowed research and educational programs to flourish.

The department offers a variety of ways to support students, projects and programs through tax-deductible contributions: simply use our secure online form to submit a donation in a few short steps. On the form you can provide detailed instructions on whether your donation is for a specific use, or you can choose to leave it to the department’s discretion to put it toward the greatest need. Read more about the different areas of giving below.

Scholarships

Support Scholarships

Undergraduate and graduate student scholarships enable us to attract and support some of the best and the brightest horticulture students in the country. Annually the department is able to give more than $60,000 in scholarships as a result of generous donations from alumni and friends of the department. Each year the department awards student scholarships at its annual Kermit Olson Lecture, which all are welcome to attend. Give now to the scholarship fund of your choice. To learn more about the scholarships already available, please visit the Scholarships page.

Research

Support Research

Research is at the heart of the University of Minnesota. Some of our focal areas include plant breeding and genetics, plant growth and development, sustainable horticulture, and horticultural marketing. Donor gifts allow research programs to develop new trials, purchase equipment and supplies, hire laboratory staff, and support outreach activities. Donors can choose to support a particular research area or give a general gift to research in the department. Give to a research program today to help change Minnesota horticulture tomorrow.

Gardens

Support Gardens

The Horticulture Garden on Folwell Avenue serves many purposes: classes practice plant identification, learn horticultural techniques, grow material for floral designs, and observe insects; non-profit organizations use it for youth outreach; interns spend summers in the garden putting their classroom knowledge to use. Gifts support the ongoing maintenance garden, and funds support the purchase of supplies and the hiring of student interns. Visit the Horticulture Garden website to learn more, or go to the Horticulture Garden donation page.