Horticulture is defined as the science or art of cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers, turf grass and ornamental plants. The field can take you in many directions, but most careers involve some type of science including biology, chemistry, and physics. Activities within the field include plant breeding, growing and maintaining fruits/vegetables/ornamentals in the field and/or greenhouse, and managing turf grass for golf courses. Horticulture is closely related to agriculture, agronomy, biotechnology, entomology and landscape architecture.
Agriculture, agronomy, landscape designer, greenhouse grower, fruit and vegetable grower, nursery management, public garden management, golf course manager, horticulture science and/or horticultural communication, retail florist, resort landscape manager, grounds crew supervisor for athletic teams.
What/Where the jobs are
Horticultural research has resulted in the development of higher yielding varieties and varieties with better resistance to pests or improved flavor and appearance of horticultural products. The science of horticulture plays an important role in continuing research into developing better plants and food crops. Horticulture also continues to be important in growing better plants for greenhouses and nurseries.
Associate in Arts (AA)
Nancy Slife, Nancy.Slife@iavalley.edu