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Public Horticulture

Why Public Horticulture?

Public Horticulture . . . Managing the  Most Beautiful Gardens in the World!

Our graduates work in the administration, leadership, and management of arboreta, botanic gardens, zoos, park systems, museums, and other public sector institutions.

OSU's Public Horticulture degree is one of only a few BS degrees in the country targeted to a career in public garden management.

Students complete courses in horticulture, business administration design, leadership, education and botany and have the opportunity to be involved with The Botanic Garden at OSU and with Oklahoma Gardening, our public television program.

To learn more about Public Horticulture at OSU contact Dr. Lou Anella, phone 405-744-6593.

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In addition to University and College of Agriculture scholarships the Department awards approximately $80,000 in scholarships each year and some of those scholarships are geared specifically for Public Horticulture students.

To be eligible for Departmental scholarships students must complete the College of Agriculture scholarship form.

Click here for scholarship information for incoming freshmen, incoming transfer, continuing students and graduate students.

Profiles of our Graduates

Sheila Kanotz

Sheila is the Director of Horticulture at Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Public Horticulture in 2002. After graduating from OSU she completed an indoor display internship at Longwood Gardens. Sheila also worked as a horticulturist at Toledo Botanical Garden in the shade and perennial gardens and assisted with the development of a new master plan. As the John A. Sibley Horticultural Center manager at Calloway Gardens she cared for a five-acre facility including gardens, conservatories, seasonal displays, stuffed topiaries, and a seasonal garden center, in addition to a 40-acre woodland garden featuring hybrid and native azaleas. Sheila returned to Oklahoma and her roots in February 2014 to be the Garden Manager at the Philbrook Museum of Art. She looks forward to contributing to the beauty of Tulsa's crown jewel and finding more ways to engage the community with the garden.

Laura Payne

Laura became the third studio garden manager in 2001. After five years of managing the studio gardens, Laura moved on to a new position at The Botanic Gardens, serving as Volunteer Coordinator for the Ambassador Program and Field Producer for Oklahoma Gardening.

Laura was the first student to graduate from OSU with a degree emphasis on Public Horticulture. "I found the department to be friendly, very supportive and encouraged me with my career goals and undergraduate degree. As a non-traditional student, the many scholarship opportunities helped me to meet my financial needs as a full-time student and allowed me to focus on my studies."