The Department of Horticulture has faculty at three campuses located across Georgia. Faculty at the Athens (College Experiment Station), Griffin (Georgia Experiment Station), and Tifton (Coastal Plain Experiment) campuses conduct the teaching, research, and public service functions for the department.
The Department of Horticulture offers an undergraduate major in Horticulture. Within the Horticulture major, a student may select to concentrate in one of three areas of emphasis: General Horticulture, Landscape Contracting, or Horticultural Science (pre-graduate school track). The department also offers a minor in horticulture, which is awarded following the successful completion of 27 hours of horticultural courses. The graduate program offers programs of study leading to the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees.
Research and Service to Georgia’s Horticulture Industries and Citizens
Georgia horticultural scientists and extension specialists use modern equipment and techniques to serve the fastest growing agricultural commodity in the state and nation. Below are some examples of the contributions our department makes in the many areas of horticulture important to our state.
- Georgia's pecan industry leads the United States and the world in production. In the last 40 years, University of Georgia scientists have contributed to a 900 percent increase in the value of pecans by breeding superior varieties, furthering the understanding of the alternate-bearing habit of pecans, and researching the nutritional needs of pecan trees.
- The value of the Georgia Vidalia sweet onion crop has doubled in the past 20 years. The new capability to store excess supply in controlled atmospheric storage, as discovered by our scientists, enables growers to store excess production resulting in stable crop quality and prices.
- The ornamental horticulture industry was estimated to be over $1.8 billion last year. Georgia scientists maintain their national leadership role in new pot, cut flower, and landscape plant selection, propagation, and production research. Our researchers and extension specialists are also helping to conserve natural resources and protect the environment through studies on water and nutrient use efficiency in greenhouses, plant nurseries, and landscapes.