Oregon’s horticultural industries include a prolific array of crops, plants, climates, gardens, and people interested in a tremendous diversity of enterprises, applications, and activities. Plants and plant communities in urban landscapes, watersheds, parks, golf courses, turf, gardens and arboreta, native plants, streamside gardens, restoration sites, bioswales, and green technologies are used to soften hardscapes and energy requirements, provide ecosystem services, and contribute to human health and the beauty of Oregon. Fruits, vegetables, berries, viticulture, and nuts are produced in desert, Mediterranean, and coastal climates while nursery and landscape plants are grown for many markets.

Horticulture faculty contribute to research, teaching, and Extension programs in collaboration with people who share an interest or passion for managing plants for human use and enjoyment. Research faculty explore the frontiers of genetics, genomics, molecular biology, physiology, ecology, soils, crop and nutrient management, water quality and conservation, tillage and cropping systems, integrated pest management, and sustainable and organic farming systems. Teaching faculty train students in integrated horticulture production (IHP), turf, and landscape management while other faculty teach graduate courses. Extension faculty deliver educational topics in a variety of formats and research applications within subject matter or commodity areas. We envision these programs contributing to either Environmental Landscapes or Sustainable Food and Farming Systems, important research areas within the Department of Horticulture.

Our faculty include 58 individuals in professional and instructor rank positions who work in 23 counties, four branch stations, and the Corvallis campus. Appointments often are split between research and teaching, multi-county Extension programs, disciplines covering multiple commodities, and administration in counties or experiment stations. Also, nine courtesy faculty contribute to horticultural research with USDA appointments and 36 emeritus faculty are involved in statewide activities.

Why Choose a Horticulture Degree?

Are you interested in creating a secure and sustainable food source for the future? Or, is the design, construction, and management of community and private gardens and landscapes more your speed? You can explore either of those paths as a student in the Department of Horticulture. Here we stress broad knowledge, critical thinking, active learning, analysis of novel situations, and field-based problem-solving.

You'll have the opportunity to experience Oregon's landscapes and farms up-close and personal with field trips and experiential work at our research facilities while studying for a Horticulture degree. We emphasize active learning, so you'll be out in the field exploring practices, constructing landscapes, and more.

Where can a degree in Horticulture take you?

Ecological Management of Turf, Landscape, and Urban Horticulture

  • Serving as superintendent of a golf club
  • Overseeing sports parks as an athletic field director
  • Maintaining fields as a turf manager or grounds maintenance supervisor
  • Working for parks and recreation programs as a facility manager
  • Identifying and using ecologically sound methods to reduce water, fertilizer, and pesticide use to create wildlife habitat
  • Creating vital landscapes that provide ecosystem services
  • Owning or managing a landscaping business and establishing landscapes for homeowners and commericial and public properties
  • Designing and maintaining public parks and botanical gardens
  • Developing and applying innovative urban landscape techniques that improve air and water quality and reduce energy inputs for buildings

Sustainable Horticultural Production

  • Owning or managing a nursery, greenhouse, orchard, vineyard, market garden, or Christmas tree farm
  • Advising growers or educating the public about ecological issues in horticulture
  • Consulting about sustainable land use practices
  • Representing a horticultural service, supply, or food processing company to growers

Horticultural Research

  • Working as a field or laboratory researcher
  • Participating in breeding new varieties of fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals
  • Developing innovative methods to control pests and diseases
  • Exploring the emerging field of landscape ecology
  • Continuing your interests in graduate school

Therapeutic Horticulture

  • Designing healing gardens for patients and caregivers at medical and other care facilities
  • Designing and using horticultural systems for people with disabilities
  • Using therapeutic horticulture to assist people with physical, empotional, or mental challenges  in gaining skills, adaptations, and coping methods that enhance their lives

Viticulture & Enology

  • Owning or managing a vineyard or winery
  • Advising growers about viticulture and vineyard management
  • Educating the public about topical issues in viticulture
  • Representing and promoting the wine industry