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Department of Horticultural Science

tomatoes in a basket

Aug 9, 2022

Impacting Global Food Security Through Improved Tomato Varieties

As the second most consumed vegetable in the United States and the top-produced vegetable in the world, tomatoes are essential when feeding growing populations. Meet Reza Shekasteband, an NC State researcher who is developing improved crop varieties. 

Guests walking at JC Raulston Arboretum.

Jul 25, 2022

Learning Horticulture From 500 Miles Away

Mikayla Roth earned her Master of Horticultural Science degree and Geographic Information Systems certificate not only online but from Ithaca, New York. 

Grapes on a conveyor

Jul 20, 2022

Muscadine So Fine

Muscadine grapes are one of the new “it” superfoods. The Farms, Food and You podcast talks with Mark Hoffmann, a small fruits specialist with NC State Extension, about the muscadine industry in North Carolina. 

Jun 14, 2022

Celebrate Pollinator Week June 20-26

Celebrate the impact of pollinators during Pollinator Week June 20-26. 

Carol McNeel portrait in garden

Jun 13, 2022

When Nature Calls, A Necessary Gift Comes Through

The Necessary, a quaint blue cottage containing the restroom facilities at the JC Raulston Arboretum, will receive a much-needed update thanks to the generosity of Carol McNeel. 

Jun 1, 2022

Sami Nickerson: Nursery Knowledge to Plant Sales

Sami Nickerson, a spring 2022 alumna, discovered a new path and enthusiasm for plants while attending NC State. 

a close-up picture of a bride holding a bouquet

May 27, 2022

Picking the Right Flowers for a Summer Wedding

Melinda Knuth offers insight on how to make the largest impact with wedding florals, regardless of a couple’s budget. 

May 19, 2022

Peyton Gardner: Gardens for Everyone

From a high school class hiccup to a horticulture businesswoman, Peyton Gardner’s path at NC State has held more than plant production lessons. 

Fresh NC strawberries for sale at the State Farmers' Market.

May 13, 2022

Growing a Better Strawberry

NC State Extension specialists are on a quest to grow a better strawberry for farmers and consumers. 

May 13, 2022

How to Buy Cut Flowers Locally

Many consumers aren’t aware that 80% of the cut flowers purchased in the U.S. are imported from countries like the Netherlands, Colombia, Ecuador and Kenya.