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Field day season

The School of Integrative Plant Sciences has hosted three field days in the last two days.

August 1 was the Floriculture Field Day, which attracted 90 growers, educators and others to a morning of presentations on campus followed by lunch, tours of annual trials and perennial flower plantings, and hands-on workshops at the Bluegrass Lane Turf and Landscape Research Center.

Entomologist Scott McArt lead session on pollinator-friendly gardens at Bluegrass Lane.

Entomologist Scott McArt leads a session on pollinator-friendly gardens at Bluegrass Lane.

Floriculture Field Day participants used flags to vote for their favorite flowers.

Floriculture Field Day participants used flags to vote for their favorite flowers.

Growers check out container plantings at Bluegrass Laned

Growers check out container plantings at Bluegrass Lane.

Also August 1, more than 100 people attended the Cornell Industrial Hemp Field Day at the NYSIP Foundation Seed Barn on Dryden Road. They got a close-up look at trials featuring  17 grain, fiber and dual-purpose industrial hemp varieties, and heard the latest from experts from Cornell and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets on potential pests and diseases, seed quality and other topics. Visit the Cornell Industrial Hemp website for more information.

Growers inspect variety trials.

Chris Smart, director of the School of Integrative Plant Science, shares Cornell's plans for industrial hemp research and outreach.

Chris Smart, director of the School of Integrative Plant Science, shares Cornell’s plans for industrial hemp research and outreach.

August 2, horticulture researchers at Bluegrass Lane hosted an informal collaborative open house for nearly 100 SIPS, CUAES, NYSAES, and Grounds staff, students, interns and volunteers. Attendees viewed trials of annuals and perennials, hybrid oaks, tree drought evaluation, David Austin Roses, and more.

Collaborative open house visitors tour annual and perennial plantings at Bluegrass Lane. (Photo: Anja Timm)

Collaborative open house visitors tour annual and perennial plantings at Bluegrass Lane. (Photo: Anja Timm)

Overwintered Agapanthus in the perennial plantings at Bluegrass Lane. (Photo: Anja Timm)

Overwintered Agapanthus in the perennial plantings at Bluegrass Lane. (Photo: Anja Timm)

Bluegrass Lane and the Hemp Field Trials are managed by the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station (CUAES).

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