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Find  a complete list of horticulture courses and descriptions in the Cornell University Courses of Study website.

HORT 1101 students picking peppers
HORT 1101 students picking peppers

Horticulture Science & Systems (PLHRT 1101)

Plants! You eat them. You wear them. You drink their products (and by-products). You give flowers to loved ones, and lounge or play on the grass. PLHRT 1101 will help you get to know plants better through field trips, lectures and labs. Learn what plants need, how they function, where they came from, how we breed and propagate them, and how they can be grown in sustainable systems and provide vital ecological services. View recent syllabus.

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Harvesting hydroponic greens in PLHRT 3025 lab.

 Hydroponic Food Crop Production and Management (PLHRT 3025)

Covers principles and practices of commercial hydroponic vegetable and herb production in controlled environment agriculture (CEA). Learn the latest in soilless greenhouse management -- hands on. Learn more, view video.

HORT 1102 students learning to prune apple trees
HORT 1102 students learning to prune apple trees

Hands-On Horticulture (PLHRT 1102)

Did you ever want to learn how to graft trees, force tulips, prune shrubs, fertilize your lawn properly, grow vegetables or arrange flowers? This course is for students who are not plant scientists, yet want to learn about gardening and gain hands-on skills that will last a lifetime. Each class has culinary experience related to the subject for the day, and the course ends with an all-day field trip to professors' back yards.

HORT 1115 student rides zip line to the ground after getting a bird's eye view of forest ecology
HORT 1115 student rides zip line to the ground after getting a bird's eye view of forest ecology

The Nature of Plants (PLHRT 1115) 

In this introductory course you'll learn about plant diversity, function, and adaptation. Topics include an introduction to plant community structure, relationships between plants and other organisms, how plants cope in their environments, and plant-human interactions. 
HORT 2010 students build 'greeter' statue at Cornell Plantations
HORT 2010 students build 'greeter' statue at Cornell Botanic Gardens

Art of Horticulture (PLHRT  2010)

This course gives students a chance to experience the all the ways in which art and horticulture come together to form unique 2- and 3-dimensional works such as living sculpture, fibers and dye, watercolor and written expression.

HORT 3500 students transplant vegetables
HORT 3500 students transplant vegetables

Principles of Vegetable Production (PLHRT 3500)

Learn the ropes of commercial vegetable production from variety selection to postharvest. Topics include crop physiology and culture, soil and pest management, stand establishment, marketing, and history of production. Field trips to large-scale conventional, small, diversified, and organic farms are planned early in the semester. 

HORT 4920 students install landscape outside Caldwell Hall
HORT 4920 students install landscape outside Caldwell Hall

Creating the Urban Eden (PLHRT 4910 & 4920)

Especially tailored for plant science and landscape architecture majors, you'll learn to identify 350 trees, shrubs, vines and groundcovers and how to use them in urban landscape plantings and gardens. The focus is on understanding plants environmental needs in order to get the right plant in the right place. Students learn to analyze a site, design the landscape, remediate the soil and install a landscape on campus using the latest Sustainable Site Initiative guidelines as a hands-on capstone integrating theory and practice. 

HORT 4931 students resod Tower Rd. 'hell strip'
HORT 4931 students resod Tower Rd. 'hell strip'

Grassing the Urban Eden (PLHRT 4931)

Explore the elements of sustainable design, establishment and management of sports, golf and lawn turf.