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Help us grow!

We invite you to join us...

...and help shape and support the future of horticulture.

Why Support Horticulture?

Horticulture at Cornell has a long and proud history of making the world a better place to live, both here and abroad. You can see the results in beautiful landscapes, cleaner environments, healthier food, and scientific discoveries that improve our quality of life.

But declining support from the state of New York has challenged us as we strive to provide a top-rate education for students and cutting-edge research and extension programs.

A critical time to support the horticulture

Many consider horticulture to be the only field of agriculture with considerable growth potential. From golf courses to home landscapes, school gardens to farm wineries, interest in horticulture is increasing dramatically while many other agricultural sectors are struggling.

As the recognition that a diet high in fruits and vegetables improves health and longevity, interest in horticulture will only increase.

Unfortunately, the benefits of our work are dispersed broadly across society, and it’s difficult for all the beneficiaries of our work to contribute directly to our efforts. That is why we must rely on you to help enhance the programs we offer so that horticulture at Cornell can remain at the forefront of research, extension, and undergraduate and graduate education.

Urban Eden class
'Creating the Urban Eden' class installs plantings on the Ag Quad

Recent accomplishments

high tunnel cut flowers
High-tunnel research at East Ithaca is helping to extend the season for Northeast cut flower growers.

The Horticulture Section continues to make breakthroughs that improve our quality of life. Some recent accomplishments include:

  • New techniques to extend the harvest season for flowers, vegetables and berries by growing them in high plastic tunnels.
  • A soil formulation for use under sidewalks that supports tree root growth without causing sidewalks to buckle.
  • A sprayable, removable paint for quickly marking and then remarking athletic fields.
  • Procedures to extend apple storage, maintaining quality and marketability up to one year from harvest.
  • New varieties of Alstromeria and other flower species.

Read why Hort is Hot! in CALS News.

Strengthening existing endowment funds

Root CT
Assistant professor Taryn Bauerle (left) conducts CT scan on root system.

The Horticulture Section thanks those who have supported our efforts over the years. All pledges and contributions to any of the funds listed here may be made by submitting this form. (Specify Horticulture Section in the form.) Or you can mail checks to:

Sharon L. Detzer ‘88
Senior Director of Alumni Affairs and Development
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University
274 Roberts Hall, Ithaca, NY  14853
Phone:  607.255.1915
Fax:  607.254.4690

The Horticulture Excellence Fund

Horticulture Excellence Fund helps purchase equipment for research and teaching.

This fund is for special opportunities, providing a boost for worthy programs that will make a critical difference in the quality of the teaching, research, or extension missions. Funds can be used for:

  • New teaching aids
  • Analytical equipment and instrumentation for teaching
  • Undergraduate research projects, especially summer research work
  • Assistantship support for graduate students
  • Travel for graduates and undergraduates to scientific meetings
  • Research facility improvements
  • Books and journals for the Horticulture Section library
  • Research and extension programs
  • Seminar speakers

Donate to the Horticulture Excellence Fund online.

Support graduate students

Grad student research
Contributions to the Graduate Student Fund help students do cutting-edge research

Contributions to our Graduate Student Fund help support graduate students who come here to study from across the country and around the world. Our graduate students engage in exciting and cutting-edge research that prepares them to assume leadership positions in the horticultural world.

Read more about recent graduate student research projects.

For more information about how to support graduate students, contact:

Steve Reiners, Chair
Horticulture Section
Cornell University
134 Plant Science Building Ithaca. NY 14853
Phone: 607-255-4568
Fax: 607-255-0599

Modest gifts make a difference

Your gift to the Horticulture Section can help:

  • Provide a summer internship for an undergraduate student.
  • Bring a visiting scholar to Cornell from a developing country.
  • Purchase plant material for Minns Garden.
  • Send a graduate student to a scientific meeting.
  • Acquire a new software package for the Section.
  • Obtain critical books for the Section library.
  • Sponsor a seminar speaker.
  • Purchase critical teaching materials for classes.

Enhance the academic life of the Horticulture Section

Minns Garden
Minn’s garden welcomes all to the Plant Science Building, home of Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science's Horticulture Section.

Several giving opportunities help enhance academic life in specific ways:

  • Lua A. Minns Garden Fund - Minns Garden, in front of the Plant Science Building, is a scenic and experiential highlight for students, alumni, faculty, and campus visitors. This key facility also supports our teaching, research, and outreach efforts.
  • Robert W. Langhans Visiting Scholar Program - Each year helps bring to campus a renowned scientist in greenhouse technology and management to lecture and interact with students over several days.
  • Seeley Conference Fund - Provides support to balance the mix of participants at this floriculture conference by partially defraying expenses for selected students, educators, public sector professionals, or others.

Yes, I Would Like to Help You Grow ! 
(Specify Horticulture Section in the form.)