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.

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

Specialist Field: Physiology and Plant Nutrition in Practice

Member of the Faculty Examination Board


Prof. Dr. Paul Lampert

Specialist Field: Cultivation and Farming Systems in Sustainable Plant Production

+49 361 6700 Leipziger Strasse 77 | 2.1.23

Prof. Dr. Wim Schwerdtner

Specialist Field: Horticulture Economics & Horticultural Retail

Program Director, Bachelor's in Horticultural Plant Production and Master's in Sustainable Plant Production in Research and Practice

Member of the Senate


Prof. Dr. Kerstin Wydra

Specialist Field: Plant Production and Climate Change


Prof. Dr. Annette Hohe

Specialist Field: Ornamental Plant Production, Plant Breeding, Biotechnology

+49 361 Leipziger Straße | 2.2.16

Prof. Dr. Gesina Schwalbe

Specialist Field: Dendrology and Tree Nurseries

Chair of the Faculty Examination Board


Prof. Dr. Birgit Wilhelm

Specialist Field:Ecological Plant Production

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Member of the Faculty Board Chair of the Faculty Academic Committee

Coordination of the Campus Development Group (Green Campus) Contact: Students' Garden on the Green Campus



Dr. Dirk Blankenburg

Research Assistant Specialist Field: Fruit Farming

Head of Trials

Member of the Faculty Trial Board


Dr. Juliane Traeger


Dr. Frederik Langner


Chief Placement Officer for the Department of Horticulture