About the Horticulture Section

Our mission

The Horticulture Section serves professionals, students and citizens of New York State, the nation, and the world, by generating and extending knowledge about fruits, vegetables and landscape plants, for the purpose of sustaining the environment, enhancing economic vitality, and improving the quality of life of individuals and their communities. 

Horticulture contacts

Chair: Steve Reiners
sr43 [at] cornell.edu

Chair's Assistant: Michele Blackmore
mb2525 [at] cornell.edu

Ithaca campus
Horticulture Section
Cornell University
135 Plant Science Building
Ithaca, NY 14853 USA
Phone: 607-255-8659
Fax: 607-255-0599

Geneva campus
Horticulture Section
Hedrick Hall - Cornell AgriTech
635 West North Street
Geneva, New York 14456
Phone: 315-787-2394
Fax: 315-787-2216

 

Director of Graduate Studies
Thomas Bjorkman
hortgrad [at] cornell.edu

Graduate Field Assistant
Josh Balles
jeb527 [at] cornell.edu
607-255-9573

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Tenured and Tenure-track Faculty, Senior Research Associates, Senior Extension Associates, and Senior Lecturers

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These faculty have primary affiliations with other SIPS sections and Cornell units or with USDA-ARS

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Faculty emeriti and other retired academics

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Graduate students in the Field of Horticulture

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Post-doctoral associates, research associates, extension associates, and lecturers

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Staff members support research scientists, maintain greenhouses and research fields, and manage administrative functions

Horticulture by the numbers

50+ Horticulture Section faculty and adjuncts

100+ support staff, post-doctoral associates & other academics

40+ horticulture graduate students & 60+ plant sciences majors

Horticulture News

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News

Cornell experts advocate for ag diversity, food security
“They’re highly experienced, have managed large farms, have all sorts of skills, and most plan to spend a lifetime in agriculture,” Anu Rangarajan, director of the Cornell Small Farms Program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section

News

Romar to bolster SIPS civic and urban engagement

Shari Romar has joined the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) as a communications specialist to help elevate awareness of the school’s longstanding engagement efforts with communities across the state, nationally and globally. “Shari...

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Plant Biology Section
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News

Chris Watkins elected ISHS Fellow
Watkins has served as the ISHS Division Postharvest and Quality Assurance Chair since 2018, and he was previously the chair of the ISHS Commission Quality and Postharvest Horticulture from 2014-2018. The society commended Watkins for his...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
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News

‘Naturalized’ bulb plantings bloom around Ithaca
All around Ithaca, long swaths of flower bulbs are popping up through the still-dormant grass to provide some extra early-season color, thanks to Bill Miller and his Cornell Flower Bulb Research Program team. Miller is a professor in the School...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Plants

News

Grad Teaching Fellows lead inclusive teaching effort in SIPS

Inclusive learning environments help students thrive. The School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) is one of many units all across Cornell working to build more inclusive, equitable learning experiences.

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section