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Horticulture Management

texas state university horticulture department

An emphasis in Horticulture provides students with knowledge and experience in the horticulture industry. Students’ experiences in the classroom and laboratory settings allow them to gain firsthand knowledge of the principles of horticulture. This emphasis is ideal for students with an interest in having an understanding of crop production, maintenance, and care.
Examples of Course Work:
Plant Materials for Outdoor Landscapes
Flowers and Plants for Interior Design
Turf Management
Greenhouse and Nursery Management
Plant Propagation
Agricultural Marketing and Sales
Landscape Management
Landscape Design
Organic Gardening

Employment Opportunities:
Landscape Designer and Manager
Nursery and Greenhouse Owner/Manager
Organic Farm Owner/Manager
Floral Shop Owner
Golf Course Superintendent
Botanical Garden Manager
Horticulture Club: Horticulture Club or Hortus Colere is a student-run organization open to all majors that are interested in furthering their knowledge of plants and the horticulture field.

Pi Alpha Xi Honor Society: The Bobcat Horticulture program has a chapter of the Pi Alpha Xi national honor society for horticulture students. The organization began in 1923 as a way to unify students, educators and professional horticulturists.  To be eligible, students must be of junior or senior level and have a minimum GPA of 3.00.
Living Library:
The gardens all around the Agriculture Building constitute the Bobcat Horticulture Living Library.  The Living Library gardens have been designed and maintained by students in the department.  The gardens are a collection of many of the plant materials that are included in both the Woody Plants and Herbaceous Plants class. The gardens also provide a peaceful and quiet place for students, faculty and staff to study, meet and relax between classes.

San Marcos Nature Center: Located at Crooks Park on the corner of IH-35 and Riverside Drive, the San Marcos Nature Center is a cooperative program between Texas State University Horticulture and the City of San Marcos. Graduate students and undergraduate students help to design and maintain the garden areas, as well as to help with educational programs for children and adults.  More information on the San Marcos Nature Center can be found at

Bobcat Bloom program: Students help to prepare, market, sell and deliver floral designs and greenhouse and nursery products for faculty, staff and students through the Bobcat Bloom program.  Students also help prepare floral products for on-campus events, and grow timed crops such as poinsettias, chrysanthemums, Easter lilies and kalanchoes to market on-campus.

Bobcat Blend program: Undergraduate and graduate students are involved in helping to make Texas State University ’greener’ through the Bobcat Blend composting project.  Students collect food waste from multiple campus dining halls and incorporate the waste into a composting system.  Compost is eventually used into campus gardens.  Various graduate student research projects are centered around the compost project. 

Waste Management and Recycling