Hi! We are a group of college students at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, California.

The Leaning Pine Arboretum at Cal Poly's Environmental Horticulture Unit


We have started this blog to share some of our experiences as students in the Horticulture and Crop Science (HCS) Department. This department offers us as students the opportunity not just to learn, but to learn by doing. As students, we benefit from a broad spectrum of opportunities ranging from hands-on experiences in our working fields, groves, nurseries, and greenhouses to real world applications through internships and other collaborations with industry partners. We excel in providing a foundational plant science background and instilling a passion for plants as we become the next generation of leaders in the agricultural and environmental plant sciences.
The major Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences offers 7 different concentrations: Crop Science, Fruit Science, Plant Protection Science, Ornamental Horticulture, Turfgrass & Sports Field Management, Sustainable Landscape Management & Design, and Greenhouse & Nursery Plant Production.
Enjoy this blog! We hope to hear from you soon!

8 responses to “About

  1. Jim Husting

    December 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    The major sure has changed since I was a student back in 1983. It was Ornamental Horticulture back then and the second largest major on campus. I believe we had over 800 students in the OH Dept. My Cal Poly experience was a part of my life that I will never ever forget. I met my wife there and now my daughter goes to school at Poly as well.

    Have fun and learn while you are there! Turf Rules!!

    Jim Husting, CGCS
    Golf Course Superintendent
    Woodbridge Golf & CC
    Woodbridge, California

    • Cal Poly Hort & Crops

      December 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      Hi there Jim!

      Great to hear from you! Within the past year, we have repackaged and renamed the majors. For quite sometime up to this point, we had three majors within the Horticulture and Crop Science Department: Environmental Horticulture Science, Crop Science, and Fruit Science. Now, we have merged three majors into one: Agricultural and Environmental Plant Science (AEPS). Within the AEPS major, we offer seven different concetrations that reflect career paths in the horticulture and crop science industry: Fruit Science, Crop Science, Plant Protection Science, Public Horticulture, Sustainable Landscape Management and Design, Turfgrass and Sports Field Management, and Greenhouse and Nursery Plant Production. We still offer all of the same courses and have actually added a few. If you have additional questions or would like us to send you more info on the major, please email us at We love to keep in touch with our alumni!

  2. Jim Husting

    December 17, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you for replying! I took a cruise up to the OH Unit just this past October and saw that the putting green was being torn up. Any plans to replant/redo that area? Oh..and how do I get a picture on the Gravatar?

    • Dr Jason Lewis

      January 4, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      The green was replanted in late October with 7 cultivars of bentgrass and a bentgrass velvet bentgrass blend as part of a senior project. The students also looked at 2 fertilzation programs and the use of mycorrhiza during the establishment.

    • Cal Poly Hort & Crops

      January 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Hi Jim! The green is currently being redone as a senior project by two Turfgrass and Sports Field Management students. It is being seeded as a bentgrass putting green for testing and management practice.

  3. Jim Husting

    January 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Very interesting! I will definitely stop by take a look to see how the project is coming along. Have your students gotten any help from the local GCSAA chapter? If I can help in any way please let me know. Thanks for the responses!

  4. Odikamnoro oluchi

    January 24, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Hi my name is oluchi.l’m a student of crop science and landscape management in ebonyi state university,Nigeria. I’l like to know more about crop science


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