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Bluegrass Lane Turf & Landscape Research Center

Echinacea trials at Bluegrass LaneBluegrass Lane serves as a center for turf, flower and woody landscape plant research, extension and teaching activities for the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, and other academic units at Cornell. It is conveniently located near the Cornell campus, and managed by the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station.

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Facility Features

  • Computer controlled irrigation system
  • Containerized plant nursery
  • 12 acres protected by an 8-foot-tall deer fence
  • Small scale lysimeter plots

Research Highlights

  • The Flower Bulb Research Program conducts lily trials at Bluegrass LaneFlower Bulb Research Program
    Studies identify best performing bulb cultivars of tulips, daffodils, lilies and more, and best practices for managing and planting flower bulbs in the landscape. In 2015 the program celebrated 50 years of flower bulb research in North America.
    Researcher: Bill Miller
     
  • Annual Flower Trials at Bluegrass LaneAnnual Flower Trials
    The program conducts garden performance trials of annual and perennial plants, in conjunction with external stakeholders such as breeding and seed companies and the New York greenhouse industry. Cultivars are evaluated throughout the summer, receiving an overall performance score at the end of the season.
    Researcher: Bill Miller
     
  • Turfgrass trials at Bluegrass LaneCornell Turfgrass Program
    Turfgrass, such as lawns, golf courses and athletic fields, are traditionally high maintenance and require large amounts of fertilizer and pesticides. The goal of this research is to improve the environmental compatibility and economic feasibility of turfgrass management systems.
    Researcher:  Frank Rossi
     
  • English Rose Trials
    This program tests 75 varieties of David Austin Roses, bred for their incredible fragrance, superior flower form and repeat flowering ability, for disease resistance and hardiness in northern climates. This trial will help inform nurseries across New York State which varieties are most appropriate for our region.
    Researcher: Nina Bassuk
  • Research by the Urban Horticulture Institute at Bluegrass LaneUrban Horticulture Institute
    This research focuses on the propagation and evaluation of hybrid oaks, bred about 15 years ago, specifically for stressful urban environments. The institute is also developing protocols for evaluating other trees and shrubs for drought tolerance, and is investigating transplant difficulties in urban trees to help them thrive and green our cities.
    Researcher: Nina Bassuk

History

The 28-acre site is adjacent to the Robert Trent Jones golf course. Turfgrass research at the site began in 1976, and the integration of other landscape research began in 1999. Before the university purchased the property, it was a dairy farm, and was maintained as a hay field before it was converted to turfgrass research.