Our Mission

Photo of a garden.The Department of Horticultural Science is a diversified research-oriented organization that has a strong commitment to teaching and Extension/outreach. The primary mission of the department is to discover, interpret, and transfer new knowledge for the purpose of improving quality of life through a) improving productivity, value, and use of horticulture crops; b) contributing to a quality environment, and c) educating students.

About Horticulture

Since its inception in 1888, the Department of Horticultural Science has been improving the quality of life for Minnesotans and impacting the economy of the state:

  • Our degree programs educate each new generation of plant professionals.
  • Our outreach programs have improved the practice of gardening within the state.
  • Our breeding programs have developed hundreds of cold-tolerant fruits, flowers, and vegetables.
  • Our research programs are doing everything from warding off invasive plant species to investigating anti-HIV properties in propolis, the brownish resin that honeybees use to repair their hives.

Quick Facts

  • Established in 1888
  • Affiliated with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • Research centers throughout the state
  • 75,000 square feet of greenhouse space on the St. Paul campus
  • The department is currently breeding 54 plant species

Visit Us!

Take a tour! Visits are scheduled on Mondays and Fridays through the CFANS admissions office. You’ll be able to tour through all the facilities, visit both campuses, and speak with a faculty member in horticultural science.

Photo of a garden.



The horticultural science department has a rich history dating back to the early days of the University of Minnesota. Through our teaching, research, and extension efforts, the department has affected plants in Minnesota and around the world.

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Students, staff, faculty, and alumni of the department are doing interesting and innovative things every day. From alumni creating new urban growing methods to faculty researching how to grow plants more efficiently in greenhouses, the department is always buzzing.

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