The UKREC Horticulture Group mission is to support Kentucky Horticulture (nursery/landscape; tree fruit, small fruit, and grapes; vegetables). Research and trial results enable us to deliver research-based technology and sustainable production information to County Extension Agents, commercial horticulturists, farmers, biological scientists, service industry and agribusiness personnel, and consumers.
Six Horticulture faculty and staff are housed at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center. At the UKREC we utilize a research orchard, nursery/landscape research site, vegetable plots, and the UKREC landscape. The Orchard is used for the NC-140 Regional Rootstock evaluations (peaches and apples), Wine grape cultivar evaluation, and the Pecan and Paw paw cultivar collections. The nursery landscape plots are used for evaluation of production systems, landscape plant establishment, and along with the UKREC landscape, serves as a plant cultivar and Kentucky native plant testing site for the regional project SERA-27, Kentucky’s Theodore Klein Plant Award program, The UK Nursery/landscape Program and Kentucky plant breeders. Vegetable crop production research and demonstration of new technology is carried out at the UKREC. Funding is provided by NC-140 - North Central Regional Rootstock Evaluation, The Kentucky Horticulture Council, The Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, The University of Kentucky Nursery/Landscape Fund, and Kentucky Integrated Pest Management (CSREES Extension IPM Coordination and Support Program Grant).
Horticulture Professor - Nursery Crops - University