Department News

LSSURP group photo

Instead of spending their summers lounging by the lake or binging the latest hit show, undergraduate students from across the country arrive on the Saint Paul campus with a mission. Now, as they return home for the final years of their undergraduate programs, these students share the highlights of their summer research – the good, the tough, and the eye-opening.

Brian Horgan and John Erwin headshots

When it rains, it pours.  For the first time in many years, we have two faculty leaving the department for different greenery. We say farewell to Brian Horgan and John Erwin as they begin new chapters of their careers. 

Cris Danner Headshot

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.

John Dole headshot

Our 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award winner is Dr. John M. Dole. Dr. Dole will be presenting at the Kermit Olson Memorial Lecture on February 26th in Green Hall on the Saint Paul Campus. His lecture, “A Floral Journey – Discovering the Magic of Flowers” will discuss how flowering plants are the backbone of horticulture, to all of agriculture, and how the flowers they produce are integral to our society.

Close up of Yarrow

Medicinal plants have been used by many people over generations, all over the world. Yet medicinal plants have been undervalued in the medical community because their effects and chemical underpinnings have not been well understood from a western science perspective. Graduate student, Kate Sammons, wants to shift that perspective and make herbal medicine more mainstream.  

Red grapes on a vine

Graduate student Laise Moreira loves grapes, and it’s a good thing she does because she spends quite a lot of time with them. With her team, she is researching table grapes for Minnesota in the hope of developing a grape that is seedless, cold-hardy, and flavorful. Most seedless cultivars currently on the market were bred for warm climates, dry conditions, or mild winters, making them unsuitable for Minnesota’s climate.

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.

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Past Issues

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