The Horticulture program is part of the Natural & Applied Sciences Division. If you have any questions about the department, please contact Anders Vidstrand at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.450.2614.
- Spring and Winter Plant Sale
- Hort Club and Scholarships
- Job Postings and Internships
- Facilities and Technology
- Faculty Biographies
The Horticulture Department hosts a monthly Horticulture Club Meeting, taking part in trips, discussing market trends, events for members, and student presentations. The Horticulture Club is also in the works of offering scholarships and have scholarships available from outside organizations.
Learn More: Hort Scholarships
Program Head/Assistant Professor
Loudoun Science - 146
703.450.2614 / email@example.com
My life has been a continuing journey working more and more closely with plants. My original interest in horticulture and plant science began with growing edible plants and has since expanded to include all aspects of the plant kingdom but with a special interest in edible gardening (especially fruit), rare and unusual plants of all types, and trees and woody plants. I also value practices that are sustainable and align myself with the environmental and food justice movements. I have been teaching college-level horticulture classes since 2012 and began teaching at NOVA Horticulture full time in January 2018 after completing my MS in Horticulture from UC Davis in 2017 where I conducted research with USDA-ARS scientists in the National Plant Germplasm System (doing a phenotyping study of the National Prunus persica collection). I also have a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from UC Berkeley. I have worked professionally in the field of horticulture since 2005 (farming, USDA forest service, nursery management, public gardens management, horticulture and greenhouse technician, and as a small business owner). I have been studying horticulture since 2007 at the college level, and gardening since I ran over tomato hornworm caterpillars on my tricycle in my father's vegetable garden in the Mojave desert of California. My wife is from Maryland and we are now happy to be in the Chesapeake Bay region raising our twin daughters.
Assistant Professor/HS Outreach Coordinator
Loudoun Science - 148
703.948.5483 / firstname.lastname@example.org
I grew up 10 minutes from Longwood and Winterthur Gardens and with such extraordinary inspiration, I couldn’t avoid becoming a horticulturist! Over the years I have sustained a deep commitment to horticulture as a greenhouse perennial plant production grower, garden designer, and horticulture educator. While working on my Masters of Science in Horticulture at Virginia Tech, I produced a manual titled “Designing Sustainable Landscapes for Small Towns.”
Many of my horticultural accomplishments and writings were widely recognized at my previous posts as horticulture manager at Keswick Hall and Woodberry Forest School near Charlottesville, Virginia.
Expertise and Teaching
- HRT 100 Introduction to Horticulture
- HRT 115 Plant Propagation
- HRT 121 Greenhouse Production
- HRT 201 & 202 Landscape Plants I &II
- HRT 207 Plant Pest Management (Plant Health Care)
- HRT 245 Woody Plants
I have an extensive background in production horticulture which has provided me with a wealth of hands-on experience that I apply in the classroom every day. Additionally, I am an ISA certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture. I thrive in the practically-minded nature of the community college experience as I instruct and mentor my students.
In my free time, I enjoy searching for Big Trees, civic involvement with my church, dogs, photography, and hiking in as many National Parks as possible!
Education and Experience:
- B.S. Plant Science, University of Delaware
- M.S. Horticulture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and State University
- Ivy Nursery, Ivy, VA
- Eltzroth and Thompson Greenhouses, Charlottesville, VA
- Keswick Hall and Club, Charlottesville, VA
- J.W. Townsend Landscape Contractor, Charlottesville, VA
- Adjunct Horticulture professor: Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA
Loudoun Science - 103
703.948.7754 / email@example.com
My name is Caleb Castiglioni, and I am the horticulturist for NOVA Loudoun Campus. I manage the grounds, greenhouse, and labs for the horticulture department. I grew up in Massachusetts for the past 20 years and moved to Virginia in 2019. I have been interested in horticulture since 2016 and got my start working at a local farm growing cut- flowers. I have earned an associate degree at Cape Cod Community College and I am currently working towards an undergraduate degree in Botany. My other interests include hiking, biking, paddle boarding, and home improvement.