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

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Prof. Dr. Paul Lampert

Lehrgebiet: Kultur- und Betriebssysteme im nachhaltigen Pflanzenbau

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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

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Prof. Dr. Annette Hohe

Lehrgebiet: Zierpflanzenbau, Pflanzenzüchtung, Biotechnologie

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Prof. Dr. Gesina Schwalbe

Lehrgebiet: Dendrologie und Baumschulwesen

Vorsitzende des Prüfungsausschusses LGF

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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

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Dr. Dirk Blankenburg

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter Lehrgebiet: Obstbau

Leiter Versuchsbetrieb

Mitglied im Versuchsrat LGF

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Dr. Juliane Traeger

Dr. Frederik Langner

Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben

Leiter Praktikantenamt Gartenbau