David Graper

SDSU Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department

Dr. Graper is Professor of Horticulture and has been with SDSU since 1990. In 2006 he became Director of McCrory Gardens and the SD Arboretum, located in Brookings, on the campus of SDSU. David is particularly excited about the new Education and Visitor Center at McCrory Gardens and how it is transforming the gardens into a year-round facility for education, outreach and the enjoyment of gardening and nature for the residents and visitors of eastern South Dakota. David currently teaches Herbaceous Plants and Greenhouse Management. His areas of special interest are perennial flowers, greenhouse production and field cut flower production.

South Dakota State University
255B Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Laboratory (SNP), Box 2140C
Brookings, SD 57007

Office: 605.688.5796 Email Photo


  • Director of McCrory Gardens. Horticulture Extension Specialist.
  • Ph.D., Horticulture, University of MD (1990)
  • M.S., Horticulture, Colorado State University (1985)
  • B.S., Plant Science  University of WI – River Falls (1983)