People in Horticulture

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: Justine Vanden Heuvel
justine [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

trial bed outside Nevin Center

News

Top flowers emerge from Cornell trials
Cornell researchers have published the 2021 results of their annual flowr and foliage plant trials, which they've conducted since 2014 and outside the Cornell Botanic Gardens' Nevin Welcome Center since 2019. Visit the annual trials program...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Plants
Two students stand in the Ag Quad.

News

The Cornell Assistantship for Horticulture in Africa (CAHA), a program that brings master’s students from sub-Saharan Africa to Cornell to complete doctorate degrees in horticulture, has now added a second assistantship for African Americans, with the goal of increasing diversity in the plant sciences – a field that lacks minority representation.
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
The CALS Ag Quad

Spotlight

This is the second in a series of stories detailing actions CALS students, faculty and staff have taken over the past year to make our community a more diverse, equitable and inclusive place for everyone. Here, we highlight college efforts to design a more inclusive curriculum and detail some of the courses CALS faculty have developed or adapted to address issues of racial, social, gender, economic and environmental justice.
  • Department of Entomology
  • Department of Global Development
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
Students in William Miller’s horticulture class document the growth of plants in the Kenneth Post Greenhouse

News

The gift from the estate of late professor Raymond Fox ’47, M.S. ’52, Ph.D. ’56, will support scholarships and fellowships as well as student participation in supplemental educational programs for undergraduate plant science students.
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Plants
Deborah Aller working in a pumpkin field

News

Several Cornellians – appointed by Gov. Kathy Hochul – will explore how the warming environment will affect New York’s communities, ecosystems and economy in the new Climate Impacts Assessment project.
  • American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • New York Sea Grant Institute