Plants in Cornell Plantations (PLTNS) greenhouses (Cornell University Photography)
Image by Lindsay France

Coleus plants in a greenhouse

Commercial Horticulture

Commercial horticulture is the science, art, and business of cultivating ornamental plants. This includes arboriculture (the care of trees), interior-scaping, landscape and turf grass installation and maintenance, and includes the production of related plant material in nurseries, fields and greenhouses.

Commercial Horticulture in Ontario County includes lawn and landscape maintenance, greenhouses, garden center businesses, and golf courses.

Cornell Cooperative Extension's Commercial Horticulture Program supports the industry with research-based information from Cornell University, combined with local experience and feedback from area businesses. The program offers a range of ways to provide information, and serve your horticulture needs, from fact sheets and publications to diagnostic services and soil tests.

Cornell Websites

Cornell Greenhouse Horticulture covers topics including: greenhouse crops and culture; structures & equipment; pests & diseases; and business & marketing.

Cornell University Horticulture Department includes recent research, distance learning opportunities, information on gardening, fruit & vegetable production; landscape, greenhouse & turf; sustainable agriculture & agroforestry; connections to grower groups, and continuing education.

Cornell Annual Flower Trial Results

Landscape & Turfgrass Websites

Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association is a membership / not-for-profit corporation of Green Industry professionals (including teachers, nurseries, garden centers, growers, landscape architects, landscapers, tree care firms, and lawn care firms) the Western New York State Nursery and Landscape Association, Inc. was founded in the early 1940's.

New York State Nursery & Landscape Association is a a statewide professional trade association for New York State's nursery and landscape businesses and professionals.

New York State Turfgrass Association is a web site for people interested in the turfgrass industry, and offers  information on membership procedures, upcoming events, donation and sponsorship opportunities, job postings, and scholarships.


Branching Out is a newsletter available by subscription from Cornell University, concerning Integrated Pest Management/IPM for trees and shrubs.

ShortCUTT (Cornell University Turfgrass Times) is a quarterly newsletter published between 1990 – 2011 now archived that provides research summaries in turf management.


Russell Welser
Senior Resource Educator
(585) 394-3977 x 436

Last updated April 14, 2020