Andrew Quate: Engaging Horticultural Experiences


Nestled in southern Piedmont is the town of Julian, North Carolina, home to horticultural science junior Andrew Quate. Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Quate chose to attend North Carolina State University to study horticultural production systems and entrepreneurship with a minor in soil science.

Quate shares some of his formative relationships and experiences at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

When did you develop your interest in horticulture?

I found my interest in horticulture in high school. I participated in the North Carolina Future Farmers of America Association and took every horticultural course offered at my high school. I learned about NC State’s horticulture program while attending the Horticulture Summer Science Institute in the summer of 2019.

What are the highlights of competing with the HortPack team?

One experience at NC State that really had a positive impact on me was being part of the HortPack Competitive Team. One of the highlights was third place in the mini track loader. It was also cool to be part of the team that placed third overall against 43 other schools. I was also able to meet and chat with hundreds of industry professionals during the competition.

You have just completed an internship in horticulture. Tell us more.

Last summer I had the opportunity to intern with Yellowstone Landscape at the Raleigh branch. I enjoyed this summer because I got to see and do all aspects of the industry. I’ve worked on maintenance and enchantment teams. I also worked with account managers, an enhancement manager and sales professionals. I was also able to meet and network with other interns who were in the company and gain valuable work experience. My internship has helped me narrow down the possible career paths I’m considering. I learned through this internship that I am interested in the installation side of landscaping, specifically landscaping.

Do you have any advice for future horticulture students?

If I could give any advice to a new horticulture student, I would say make connections early and get involved.

Are you interested in studying horticulture?

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