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Department of Horticultural Sciences

Kira Sims.

May 13, 2021

Kira Sims: Cultivating Balance in Online Courses

Kira Sims chose to pursue a doctoral degree in horticultural science from NC State because the program allowed her the flexibility to work full time, take online classes, and maintain in-person collaboration. 

Gina Fernandez among berry plants in a green house

May 6, 2021

Breeding a Berry Successful Career

WIth support from the John D. and Nell R. Leazar Distinguished Professorship, Gina Fernandez is developing a better berry — and the next generation of plant breeders. 

Amanda DeLucia

Apr 28, 2021

Amanda DeLucia: Aspiring Agriculture Educator

As Amanda DeLucia nears graduation, the CALS student reflects upon many bittersweet in-person moments as she departs NC State and seeks to educate and connect others with plants and animals. 

NC State student Ashley

Apr 14, 2021

Ashley Yow: Perfecting the Pineapple

Ashley Yow, a Horticultural Science fruit plant breeding student, is known affectionately by her lab cohorts as “Ms. Pineapple.” She is respected for her eagerness to learn, organizational skills, and passion for her work. 

The class shows their wolf hands under the Kilgore Hall arbor

Dec 3, 2020

Students Think and Dig Around New Kilgore Hall Arbor

Thanks to the creativity and perseverance of Julieta Sherk, Dallas Bretzman, their Design/Build students and Facilities staff members, a new arbor now graces a pathway leading to NC State's Kilgore Hall. 

Nov 23, 2020

A Fruitful Family Legacy

The Underwoods’ story has it all. World War II drama and romance. Agriculture and art. David Thompson. And memories preserved in fruit. 

A man standing in field with hills in the background

Nov 5, 2020

Raising Protein and Produce With Aquaponics

Since graduating from NC State in 2013, CALS alumnus Ashton Thompson has focused on sustainability in food production. 

Two men looking at plants inside a large container garden with purple lights.

Oct 26, 2020

Vertical Farming Makes the Most of Limited Space

Vertical farming, a space-saving approach to growing crops, is taking shape in a shipping container near campus under the watchful eye of horticultural scientist Ricardo Hernandez and his students. 

A blonde woman kneeling down next to large pots of bedding flowers.

Oct 15, 2020

Alicain Carlson Finds Purpose, Joy in Improving Floriculture

NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumna Alicain Carlson is exactly where she’s meant to be — working at Syngenta Flower, improving the vibrancy of bedding plants. 

Pile of green and Orange pumpkins with warts

Oct 9, 2020

Raising Pumpkins in Hues from Orange to Blue

Whether you’re a traditionalist when it comes to pumpkins or looking for something offbeat, you can find a range of colors, thanks to NC State research.