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    Department of Horticulture

    Horticulture - Research - Technology

    Studying horticulture is just as complex as horticulture itself, with its links to a wide variety of academic disciplines. For this reason, students with a broad range of interests in the fields of biology, chemistry, economics and also technology will find Horticultural Plant Production particularly appealing.

    Ecology - Economics - Processes

    Horticultural studies at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt are practically oriented, providing students with academic knowledge and the opportunity to put it into practice. The B.Sc. degree in Horticultural Crop Production is designed to qualify students for management positions in horticultural businesses and related economic sectors, as well as for consultancy and experimental work.


    Christian Reichart - Famous Horticulturalist from Thuringia

    lived from 4 July 1685 to 31 July 1775 and was influential at a time when the governors of the archbishops of Mainz were striving to revive the economy and trade, to encourage commerce and industry. He was a contemporary of Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Friedrich Handel. It is entirely possible that he also played their works as the organist at the "Reglerkirche". Only a few steps away from this church was the home of Christian Reichart's parents. His father was a respected farmer in Erfurt. When his father died in 1689, his mother married the farmer Christoph Engelhardt, who, like his father, owned extensive land in the "Dreienbrunnen" area. His stepfather bestowed upon him a varied, extensive and well-founded education: he went to the Reglerschule, trained as a tradesman, and studied Law, Natural Sciences and Logic at the University of Erfurt. He also learned to play the piano and organ from Cantor Buttstädt. With his versatile education and considerable commitment, Reichart worked hard for his hometown of Erfurt as an actuary of the fire armoury, a sub-bailiff, a guardian, a senior building official, a junior mayor, a councillor, an assessor of the ministry and a member of the mercantile commission. For more than 30 years he was wrote the city's chronicle. Even greater than his contribution to the administration of the city is his dedication to horticulture, although he did not become a gardener of his own volition. Circumstances led to horticulture becoming his profession.

    Degree Programs

    • Bachelor's in Horticultural Plant Production
    • Master's in Sustainable Plant Production in Research and Practice

    The Department of Horticulture belongs to the Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Forestry

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    Beginning of the Semester

    The Winter Semester kicks off on 4 October 2022 with the induction week for newly enrolled students, consisting of central events and orientation sessions in the individual degree programs.



    Prof. Dr. Thomas Eichert

    Lehrgebiet: Physiologie und Praxis der Pflanzenernährung

    Mitglied im Prüfungsausschuss LGF

    Prof. Dr. Paul Lampert

    Lehrgebiet: Kultur- und Betriebssysteme im nachhaltigen Pflanzenbau

    Prof. Dr. Wim Schwerdtner

    Lehrgebiet: Gartenbauökonomik & Gärtnerischer Einzelhandel

    Studiengangsleiter BA Gärtnerischer Pflanzenbau und MA Nachhaltiger Pflanzenbau in Forschung und Praxis

    Mitglied im Senat

    Prof. Dr. Kerstin Wydra

    Lehrgebiet: Pflanzenproduktion im Klimawandel Plant Production and Climate Change

    Prof. Dr. Annette Hohe

    Lehrgebiet: Zierpflanzenbau, Pflanzenzüchtung, Biotechnologie

    Prof. Dr. Gesina Schwalbe

    Lehrgebiet: Dendrologie und Baumschulwesen

    Vorsitzende des Prüfungsausschusses LGF

    Prof. Dr. Birgit Wilhelm

    Lehrgebiet: Ökologischer Pflanzenbau

    Prodekanin für Studium und Lehre

    Mitglied im Fakultätsrat Vorsitzende der Studienkommission LGF

    Koordination AG Campusentwicklung (LGF) Ansprechpartnerin: Studierenden Gärten auf dem grünen Campus


    Dr. Dirk Blankenburg

    Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter Lehrgebiet: Obstbau

    Leiter Versuchsbetrieb

    Mitglied im Versuchsrat LGF

    Dr. Frederik Langner

    Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben

    Leiter Praktikantenamt Gartenbau