The bond between horticulture and humans is longstanding and all encompassing. We encounter plants daily at home, at work, and at leisure -- flowers in a garden, trees in the park, and fruits and vegetables on our tables. We eat the products of horticulture, we enjoy the beauty and benefits it provides, and we live in an environment made better by professional horticulture.
Horticulture is a vast global industry that involves everything from nursery production to turfgrass management, from urban forestry to floral arranging, from garden design to landscape construction and maintenance, and from greenhouse operations to garden center sales. During the past decade, the industry has seen the demand for qualified practitioners surge dramatically.
In 2002, Americans spent more than $68 billion on landscaping, plants and green services in order to extend their homes into the garden, according to the National Garden Association. A recent article in American Demographics quotes an NGA market analyst as saying, "If you are in the gardening business ... you may be wondering what all the fuss is over a sour economy."
The success of Kent State's horticulture technology program -- offered exclusively at the Salem Campus -- clearly supports that claim. Go to http://www.eliv.kent.edu/academics/programs/hort/ for a description of the horticulture technology degree programs and specialized areas of concentration.