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Department of Horticultural Science

Cole Smith in a field holding an irrigation tube

Sep 6, 2023

Field Tested

CALS alumnus Cole Smith brings pest management research to fields across the state as part of his role with the IR-4 Project. 

a butterfly on a flower

Aug 9, 2023

Counting Pollinators for a Cause

Join North Carolina's first-ever statewide pollinator count on Aug. 18-19. All you need is a spot with flowering plants you can observe for 15 minutes. 

Peyton Gardner with the internal communications team in front of a BASF logo

Aug 8, 2023

A Summer of Ag Communications

Through networking at a conference, Peyton Gardner, a senior studying horticultural science and communication, landed a dream summer internship at BASF. 

Man with blueberries

Aug 2, 2023

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Berry Breeding

A Ph.D. from North Carolina State University prepared Ray Jacobs for a fruitful career as a subtropical plant breeder with Driscoll’s. 

Locke Rosser holding crops

Jul 5, 2023

A World Full of Plant Opportunities

Horticultural Science alumnus Locke Rosser spent a year learning about plants internationally thanks to friendships he made at NC State. 

Wolfgang the corpse flower blooming at JCRA

Jun 20, 2023

A Big Stinking Premiere

NC State’s youngest corpse flower, Wolfgang, bloomed for the first time at the JC Raulston Arboretum. 

Charlotte Yancey smiles with her new class ring.

May 2, 2023

Agroecology Graduate Looks Forward to Applying Her Degree

A specialized degree in agroecology brought Charlotte Yancey to NC State. Small classes, helpful professors and leadership opportunities prepared her for the professional opportunities ahead. 

Andrew Pfeifer holds packets of seeds

Apr 28, 2023

Discovering a Love of Plants

Andrew Pfeifer will be graduating this semester with a bachelor’s degree in horticultural science and minors in entomology and biological science. 

Young woman in garden smiling

Apr 25, 2023

Interdisciplinary Garden Bridges Engineering, Food Security

Graduate student Jasmine Gibson is leading the transformation of a grassy patch next to the D.S. Weaver Laboratories into an active, educational space that promotes urban horticulture and farming practices. 

students looking at plants in a lab

Apr 10, 2023

People, Plants and Profits

Where do people, plants and profit converge? Assistant Professor Melinda Knuth and her lab study the intersections between horticulture, personal well-being and consumer interest.