The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Commercial Horticulture Program provides non-biased, research based information for growers, retailers, greenhouse operators, landscape contractors, landscape maintenance professionals and other green industry professionals in Delaware, the region, and the nation. Horticulture is the science, art, technology and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use. It includes non-food crops such as flowers, trees, shrubs, lawns, etc. and food crops (fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and culinary herbs), which are covered in the UD Vegetable and Small Fruits Program.
The needs of the green industry are addressed with applied research and demonstration projects focusing on sustainable landscape installation and management as well as pest control. The information and knowledge is disseminated through a range of venues in collaboration with the Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association (DNLA), including educational meetings, short courses, tours, publications, newsletters, direct contact and this website.
A certified nursery professional program is administered through the DNLA to help industry professionals learn technical information and demonstrate their professional standing.