The term horticulture is derived from two Latin words Hortus, meaning ‘garden’, and Cultura meaning ‘cultivation’. It refers to crops cultivated in an enclosure, i.e., garden cultivation. It is the culture of plants for food, comfort, and beautification purposes.

Get to know the Bees!

While bees such as honey bees and bumblebees are well-known, Wisconsin is home to nearly 500 species of bees. Most of these bees go unrecognized by the public but provide critical pollination services. In this video, you will learn about some of the commonest wild bees in the state and highlight resources to help you identify these bees in your own yard and garden.

New Gardener Tips and Resources

Extend Garden Season

Cold frames and hot beds, hoop houses, cloches, and floating row covers allow gardeners to grow plants earlier in spring and later in fall.  Although these structures are used primarily for growing vegetables, they may be used for growing ornamentals, including flowering plants, as well.

Wisconsin Lawn Care Calendar

Horticultural Research

Master Gardener Program

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Deer Tolerant Plants

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