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Kansas State University - Department of Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources[edit]

The Kansas State University Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources is a department within the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

Mission Statement[edit]

The Department of Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources is dedicated to improving lives through innovative, diverse education and research.


The Department of Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources (HFRR) was started in 1871 when the Agriculture College was split into the Horticulture Department and the Farm Department. Therefore, Horticulture is the oldest department in the College of Agriculture, and one of the oldest at Kansas State University. Subsequently, the Horticulture discipline has been merged with many other areas including Botany, Entomology, Forestry and Landscape Architecture.

The Forestry unit was added to the department in 1971, which included a pre-Forestry program and a four-year degree in Park Resource Management. The Kansas Forest Service, a partner with the U.S. Forest Service, was established in 1982 when the State legislature began a Division of Forestry at K-State and has been part of HFRR since its inception. In 1991, the Departments of Horticulture and Forestry merged to create the Department of Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources.

Horticultural Therapy[edit]

Kansas State University was the first university in the United States to offer a B.S. curriculum in Horticultural Therapy. The program was started in 1971 as the Department of Horticulture joined forces with the Menninger Clinic, a leading psychiatric hospital for treatment, research and education located in Topeka, Kansas. (now located in Houston, Texas). This program was developed to combine horticultural science with the social and behavioral sciences. By 1975, the M.S. graduate program was approved, followed by the Ph.D. specialization in 1979. K-State continues to be a world leader in horticultural therapy and graduate education.[1]

KSU Gardens[edit]

The Kansas State University Gardens have been an educational resource and community treasure for nearly 140 years. In 1877, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University donated over 100 species of exotic trees and shrubs to be used in the K-State campus landscape. The Victorian style Conservatory was built south of Dickens Hall in 1907, with a formal rose garden established on the east side in 1927. Over 4,000 specimens (including 700 species of woody plants)were displayed in the University Gardens and Arboretum by the 1960s. As the campus began to grow, the original gardens began to be replaced by buildings and parking lots. In the late 1970s, it was decided that the University Gardens would be moved to a permanent home along Denison Avenue north and in front of the old dairy barn complex, now known as the Glenn Beck Dairy Barn. This refurbished barn now houses the Quinlan Visitor Center and serves as a backdrop for the University Gardens. The Visitor Center contains information about the Gardens, including plans for future development, and is open from March through November.

In 1989, the Rose Collection Garden was constructed and in the mid 1990s the Gardens began to take shape with the construction of the Visitor Center Garden, Pergola, Fountain, the Cottage Garden and limestone walls/entryways. Plant materials, benches, sculptures and other garden features have been added through the years. Expansion of the Gardens continues to the north, with planning for exciting future developments underway.

Programs Offered[edit]

The Department of Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources offers three undergraduate degree programs including: Horticulture, Park Management & Conservation, and Wildlife & Outdoor Enterprise Management.

Undergraduate Programs[edit]


The Horticulture major offers seven different specializations.

- Fruit & Vegetable Production[edit]
- Greenhouse & Nursery Management[edit]
- Horticulture Science[edit]
- Landscape Design[edit]
- Landscape Management[edit]
- Sports Turf Operations Management[edit]
- Golf Course Management[edit]
Park Management & Conservation[edit]

The Park Management & Conservation major offers four different specializations.

  • Interpretation
  • Law Enforcement
    • Ranger Academies
  • Park Management
  • Recreation Business
Wildlife & Outdoor Enterprise Management[edit]

Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management is the newest major in the HFRR Department. This four-year university program is the first B.S. Degree to be created to train professional operational managers for hunting/shooting preserves and resorts, gamebird production companies, fishing resorts and outdoor experience companies (i.e., trailriding, nature study, bird watching, back country hiking/camping, etc).[2]

Graduate Programs[edit]

The HFRR Department offers both M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

Graduate Certificate in Horticultural Therapy[edit]

The HFRR Department offers a Graduate Certificate Program in Horticultural Therapy. This program is designed to enhance the credentials and professional stature of working professionals.

Master's Degree[edit]

The M.S. in Horticulture degree can be undertaken with various areas of emphasis. Within the M.S. program, the Department offers an Urban Food Systems specialization, which focuses on studying the potential an urban food system has in community building and economic development.

Ph.D. Degree[edit]

The Ph.D. degree in Horticulture requires specialization within a number of horticultural commodity and discipline areas.


The Department of Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources has a number of on campus and off campus facilities.

On Campus Facilities[edit]

The HFRR Department administers over 15,000 square feet of instructional space, housed within the Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center on the campus of Kansas State University. The Department oversees 30,500 square feet of the College of Agriculture greenhouse complex, which is attached to the north side of Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center. The 20 acre University Gardens are adjacent to the greenhouse complex, and are currently undergoing a planned expansion.

The Willow Lake Farm was created in 2008 and is managed and operated by K-State undergraduate students and volunteers. It has two acres in production, growing fruits, vegetables, and mushrooms.

Off Campus Facilities[edit]

HFRR off campus facilities include the following research centers.


  2. ^ Pearce, Michael (2010-02-14). "K-State's newest outdoor program is nation's first". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 2011-02-21.

External links[edit]

Horticulture, Forestry & Recreation Resources Website at Kansas State University

Horticulture, Forestry & Recreation Resources Facebook Page