A Letter From The Interim Department Head

May 12, 2023

The Department of Horticultural Science appointed Professor Neil Anderson as Interim Department Head in February 2023

Growing the Legacy of the Learning Garden

May 11, 2023

For the first time in Learning Garden history, faculty level oversight shapes the future direction of this educational space. Learn more about the upcoming transformations! 

Welcome Dr. Nathan Eylands!

April 20, 2023

Welcome to our newest faculty member, Dr. Nathan Eylands!

The science of Minnesota strawberries

March 8, 2023

50 years of U of M research bears fruitful insights and advancements. Department of Horticultural Science experts have developed strawberry varieties that thrive in Minnesota’s challenging climate, improving production practices that make this crop more resilient and profitable for growers.

Introducing Polaris Gold!

March 9, 2023

The Shannon Lab has released its first potato, Polaris Gold, the University of Minnesota’s latest potato release since Mondak Gold in 2014.

Environmental Benefits of Local Cut Flower Production

February 16, 2023

By growing 10 cut flower varieties suited for the Upper Midwest, MPS student Sarah Anderson evaluated the economic and environmental viability of local cut flower production in Central Minnesota. 

2023 Spring Seminar Recordings

February 2, 2023

View our seminar recordings from the spring semester. Recordings will be added week by week. Recordings are available for 180 days after the date of the seminar. 

2023 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Phil Forsline

January 12, 2023

The 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Phil Forsline. Phil will be presenting at our Kermit Olson Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, February 15th, 2023.

Clarion - the newest cold-hardy wine grape from UMN

December 19, 2022

Grape growers and wine lovers take note: The University of Minnesota is releasing its sixth cold-hardy wine grape, Clarion.

Diversity of Hemp

October 26, 2022

Thriving in Minnesota climate for over 80 years without cultivation, hemp has adapted to Minnesota’s frigid winters and hot summers. Dr. Tom Michaels and lab have initiated a hemp breeding project to develop Minnesota-specific cultivars and better understand industrial hemp and its diverse use cases.