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Department of Horticultural Science

NC State Memorial Belltower in the fall

Feb 23, 2024

William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professors Announced

Twelve professors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences were recently named William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professors. 

Jan 10, 2024

Horticultural Science Alumni and Friends Reception

Join the NC State Department of Horticulture for an open reception highlighting the latest program updates, recent accomplishments, exciting research and new plant introductions at the 2024 Green & Growin’ Show. 

a graduation hat that says choose agriculture

Dec 18, 2023

Congrats to Our CALS Fall 2023 Grads

Take a look at just some of the happy CALS graduates who celebrated their academic accomplishments with friends, family and faculty this past weekend. 

Craig Yencho and Mercy Kitavi work with sweet potato samples in a lab in Nairobi, Kenya.

Dec 12, 2023

A Patented Winner

The National Academy of Inventors named NC State University's Craig Yencho a 2023 fellow for his contributions to improved sweetpotato and potato breeding and genetics, with an impact reaching from North Carolina to Sub-Saharan Africa. 

light pink, dark pink and orange flowers

Oct 10, 2023

Going for the Gold

After 12 months of preparation, CALS alumnus Kole Andrews hopes his flowers win big again this year at the North Carolina State Fair. 

Debbie Hamrick taking a selfie in a field of flowers

Oct 4, 2023

A Plant-Filled Career: Debbie Hamrick Honored as CALS Distinguished Alumna

From magazine publishing to the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation, Debbie Hamrick has enjoyed an impactful career in horticulture. 

Researcher works with carrots to study pigmentation, domestication

Sep 28, 2023

What Makes a Carrot Orange?

Three recessive genes are required to give carrots their orange color – and the beneficial precursor of vitamin A. 

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.