Ithaca facilities

Ithaca horticulture facilities

On Cornell’s campus, you’ll find our largest concentration of resources, including:

  • The Plant Science Building on Tower Road, with classroom space and laboratories specifically equipped for our work.
  • Twelve greenhouses totaling 35,000 square feet, including the Guterman Bioclimatic Laboratory.
  • The Bluegrass Lane Turf and Landscape Research Center, which supports learning and research in turfgrass, woody plants and flowers. The 28-acre site is adjacent to the Robert Trent Jones golf course.
  • The 200-acre Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm and Freeville Organic Research Farm, where scientists conduct both conventional and organic crop research, variety trials, and other experiments. 
  • The East Ithaca Research Area, where we conduct high-tunnel and cut flower research.
  • The 60-acre Cornell Orchards research facility with fruit crops for teaching and research programs, and a student winery. The cold storage building at the Ithaca orchard has a modern research and demonstration facility with a large central storage room, a large teaching and research laboratory, grading and packing facilities, a salesroom, and workshop.
  • The 98-acre Lansing Orchard (pictured below) on the east shore of Cayuga Lake, used for fruit research and teaching activities.
  • The Dilmun Hill Student Organic Farm, which provides students with opportunities for hands-on experience with organic vegetable growing and marketing.
Viticulture class at Lansing Orchard
Viticulture class at Lansing Orchard above Cayuga Lake