News from the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota
Plant propagation. Local food. Urban agriculture. Molecular biology. Horticultural marketing. Horticulture is the applied plant biology that encompasses the art and science of plant production. The discipline's range is broad, making it a home for a diverse array of people, projects and possibilities.
Since its inception in 1888, the Department of Horticultural Science has been improving the lives of Minnesotans. 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, and 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.