Creating healthier food and more beautiful communities.

Our Department of Horticulture has been recognized nationally for its research programs, its student-centered faculty members and its high rate of employment for graduates. As a horticulture major, you’ll learn how to establish, propagate, harvest and manage fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants. You’ll also learn the principles of landscape design to create and manage aesthetically pleasing environments.

Department of Horticulture

Landscape Horticulture

The landscape horticulture track will provide you with the opportunity to combine the science of horticulture and your creative abilities in creating aesthetically beautiful, inviting and functional environments. You will learn valuable skills that will provide you with the competitive edge employers are looking for. Landscape horticulturists use the principles of design and the appropriate plant material to create both residential and commercial landscapes.


Nursery and Greenhouse Science

As a student in nursery and greenhouse science, you will learn how to manage container nurseries, field nurseries and greenhouses for the production of woody and herbaceous perennial ornamentals, annuals and florist crops. Business and science in horticulture will come together as you prepare for many different job opportunities, including greenhouse or nursery manager, retail sales positions, wholesale brokerage and many more.


Pre-Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture is the art and science of design, planning and management of the land and the natural and human-made elements upon it. The pre-landscape architecture degree program will prepare you to pursue a Master of Landscape Architecture degree. The Department of Horticulture works in conjunction with the College of Architecture, Design and Construction for you to further your education and obtain a professional degree in landscape architecture. 


Fruit and Vegetable Production

As a student in production horticulture, you will find many opportunities to support fruit and vegetable production, including cooperative extension, research with private companies and government agencies such as the USDA-ARS, and marketing.


Job Placement

Our Department of Horticulture offers comprehensive job placement services for all of its graduates and for former students who wish to relocate. We have an unmatched record among horticulture departments in placing all graduates who seek careers in horticulture. Our graduates typically have anywhere from three to 20 job offers.

Internship Opportunities

We offer an internship program that is the largest in the College of Agriculture. Horticulture students are able to intern with major horticulture enterprises all over the United States, and some even do internships overseas.

Career Fields in Horticulture

          Landscape design Greenhouse management
          Nursery management Natural resource management
          Fruit and vegetable production Environmental conservation
          Botanical gardening Nursery production
          Organic gardening and farming Arboretum design, development and management
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Caitlin O’Neal
HIGHLIGHTS Education: Horticulture – Emphasis in Landscape Design Graduation: 2008 Current Position: Senior Project Coordinator Current Location: Atlanta, GA WHAT…
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Bryan Word
HIGHLIGHTS Education: B.S.¬†in Landscape Horticulture/Design with a minor in business Graduation: 2000 Current Position: President/Owner of Blackjack Horticulture, Inc. Current…
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Brian Hardin
Director of Governmental and Agricultural Programs for the Alabama Farmers Federation ‚ÄĒ Montgomery, Alabama Continue Reading Brian…
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Bill Barrick
CURRENT POSITION Executive Director of Bellingrath Gardens and Home CURRENT LOCATION Theodore, Alabama ABOUT Bill Barrick received bachelor’s¬†and master’s degrees…
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Jane Farr
Director of the Plant Science Research Center, Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station ‚ÄĒ Auburn, Alabama Continue Reading Jane Farr
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Kira Chaloupka
Hometown: Opelika, AL Major: Horticulture If I could be anywhere I’d want to go Home, to Heaven, and I’d like…

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Andrew Morrison
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