Department News

University of Minnesota student Christopher Danner, a junior double majoring in Food Systems and Supply Chain & Operations Management, has been selected as a 2019 Cargill Global Scholar.

Garden entrance with grape vines and planters

The Learning Garden for Horticultural Science comes into a new era with a new name.

student smiling at a flower

Summer is a time for growth for our plants as well as our students. This past summer, six undergraduate students all with passions in horticulture, took part in the first Landscape Arboretum Scholars Internship. The Landscape Arboretum Scholars worked on several projects throughout their summer at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Garden Patio

We spoke with Laura Irish, Garden Manager, about her time spent in the Learning Garden here on the St. Paul campus. She gives us some garden insight on the challenges for this past season and some end-of-season tips for the upcoming winter. 

KY Trip with Grossman, Group photo

This spring Associate Professor in the Department of Horticultural Science Julie Grossman led a contingent of faculty, staff, and undergraduate students from UMN, Kansas State University, and the University of Kentucky, to study culture and agriculture in Appalachia, where the poverty and food insecurity in the region have stimulated many innovations in food production.


The Masters of Professional Studies in Horticultural Science gave this graduate the education she needed to do her job better. 


Highlights from the 2018-2019 academic year.


Golf courses are often viewed as elitist playgrounds that consume land and require extensive inputs of fertilizers, pesticides, and water. They tend to be contained within a community and only perceived as valuable assets by those that use them for recreation. But what are the unseen benefits that golf courses contribute to the surrounding communities? 


Mai Moua is no stranger to cover crops; but neither is she a follower. She’s an innovator growing a variety of vegetables and flowers for local farmers markets, food co-ops and the HAFA Flower CSA, and her practices helped inspire a collaborative research project between HAFA and Dr. Julie Grossman’s lab at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Horticultural Science.


With over 150 local breweries stretching from Luverne to Ranier, Minnesota might very well be the land of ten thousand beers. Combine Minnesota’s rich agricultural industry with dozens of breweries opening in rural and urban farming communities, and a unique collaboration opportunity arises. This Department of Horticultural Science graduate student is hoping to combine Minnesota’s love of beer and agriculture in an unlikely way: wastewater.


More Ways To Connect

Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

Horticulture Newsletter

Newsletter Cover Spring/Summer 2019 - Potato FlowerLike what you see? Many of the stories on the website are featured in our newsletter Horticulture. You can download a PDF of the most recent newsletter or fill out this online form to receive the next edition in print or via email.

Have a Story?

We’re always looking for new stories to include in our alumni newsletter. If you’re a current member of the department or an alumni and you’re doing something interesting, tell us about it by emailing us at!

Past Issues

Horticulture has been in circulation bi-annually since spring of 2011. Check out all the previous issues below: