Welcome to the Plant Science Virtual Tour

If you’re into plants, trees, other life forms (bugs, worms) and the ecosystems they live in, you’ll love Plant Sciences. We learn our science outdoors in acres of farmland with all kinds of food crops and ornamental plants. Sustainability rules. The professors know each of us personally. We work together in our clubs, doing community projects, taking trips and putting on events. It’s like family.

Classes and Labs

Our labs are outdoors

Our labs are outdoors

In the Ag Cropping Lab, we test, analyze, grow and harvest everything from wine grapes to hay to several varieties of tree fruit.

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We climb trees for credit, run nurseries & manage farms

We climb trees for credit, run nurseries & manage farms

We take gardening to the next level: from urban landscaping (tree climbing optional) to research to growing garden plants sold at the Farm Store. We Intern at nurseries & farms.

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Soil, irrigation and turf management with golf perks

Soil, irrigation and turf management with golf perks

Soil and irrigation science is all about sustainability. Golf course turf management comes with benefits, if you play golf!

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Seeds, breeding and DNA: seeking sustainability

Seeds, breeding and DNA: seeking sustainability

There are lots of ways to save the planet. Science & computers rule when we breed new strains – DNA analysis, genotyping.

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Clubs and Events

The Tractor and Antique Car Show

The Tractor and Antique Car Show

The Plant Sciences clubs give tractor rides to kids and car buffs show off vintage autos at this popular event.

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Pumpkin Festival

30,000 people come to our Pumpkin Festival

Plant Science puts on this big community festival every year, with help from other College of Ag clubs.

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We’re mining for gold

We’re mining for gold

Black gold! We built a worm farm together. Vermaculture = soil sustainability.

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Meeting new species on our trip to Costa Rica

Meeting new species on our trip to Costa Rica

Trip to Costa Rica to see insect species – and more.

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Growing Rose Bowl roses

Growing Rose Bowl roses

A group of us grows roses for the parade floats every year.

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Other Cool Stuff

The Farm Store: where everything comes together

The Farm Store: where everything comes together

We grow, pack and market all kinds of produce at the famous Farm Store, which is part of Plant Sciences.

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Cutting-edge hydroponics research

Cutting-edge hydroponics research

Take this tour of our awesome hydroponic research center & greenhouses, run by students.

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The Insect Show

The Insect Show

Our bizarre bug booth at the Pumpkin Festival is always a hit.

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Agriscapes: we learn and teach sustainability

Agriscapes: we learn and teach sustainability

Students work at our center with exhibits, workshops and farms showing environmentally friendly ag and waste management.

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