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Environmental Horticulture Graduate Program

Environmental Horticulture Graduate Program

Teagan Young / Master's in Environmental Horticulture

I am originally from Kalamazoo, MI, and moved to Gainesville, FL to attend the graduate Environmental Horticulture program in 2019. Unfortunately, my undergraduate university did not provide a program in horticulture or a related field. However, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, my local community college, did provide a class to the community on topics such as sustainable homesteading and Rain Gardening which certified me as a Master of Rain Gardening. Through these programs and my own research, I have gained knowledge within environmental horticulture and look forward to gaining more knowledge while attending UF. Currently, I spend most of my time balancing my job and school, but I love to garden and collect plants in my small amount of free time. I decided to pursue a degree in Environmental Horticulture as my goal after graduating is to own my own native plant nursery that will provide flower U-pick (ornamental flowers and herbs), native landscape plants, and community courses on topics such as gardening techniques, beekeeping, and sustainable landscaping. I hope to inspire others to enjoy and protect the environment as much as I do.

Teagan Young, Environmental Horticulture Master's student




    • Bachelors in Geography with Minor in Mathematics and Latin American Studies from Western Michigan University
    • Kalamazoo Valley Community College
    • Western Michigan University Achievement Award
    • Dean’s List at Western Michigan University
    • Western Michigan University Grant
    • Dr. Oscar H. Horst Endowment for Geography Award
    • Haenicke Institute for Global Education Abroad Scholarship
    • Western Michigan University Office for Sustainability Intern
  • Teaching
    • ORH4264 Greenhouse and nursery crop culture

    I am currently researching propagation methods for the wild coffee species Psychotria nervosa, Psychotria nervosa ‘Little Psycho,’ Psychotria ligustrifolia, and Psychotria tenuifolia. Propagating these species through seed is not an efficient method of propagations. Therefore, we are looking at the efficiency of propagating through stem cuttings with an addition of auxin levels of 0ppm, 8ppm, and 16ppm.