Ornamental Research

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Natalie Ruth Bumgarner
Assistant Professor

Amy Fulcher
Associate Professor
Sustainable ornamental plants

Susan Lynne (Sue) Hamilton
Director and Associate Professor

Lori D. Osburn
Greenhouse Manager
Greenhouse Manager

Robert N. (Bob) Trigiano
Cell/tissue culture of ornamentals

Groups and Facilities

(2 mentions)

Weed Diagnostics Center 
Diagnostic testing for weeds of crop and non-crop systems including turfgrass, ornamentals, and utility rights of way.

(1 mention)

Urban Landscape & Nursery 
IPM, ornamental plant production, mycorrhizal applications, weed-insect interactions.

(1 mention)

Mycorrhiza Literature Exchange 
Researchers, literature, books, and reviews.


Turf and Ornamental Field Day, 8/30/2018

Turf and Ornamental Field Day, 9/7/2017

Turf and Ornamental, 9/10/2015

Turf and Ornamental Field day, 9/11/2014

Utilizing Molecular Markers in Genetic Studies of Ornamental Plant Species, 2/14/2014



Dicamba Briefing, 11/27/2017

5 Things You Should Know about the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 8/9/2017

Promotion and Tenure 2016, 9/29/2016

New Ventures | Creative Agricultural Technologies, LLC, 2/25/2016

New Twists on Traditional Christmas Flower, 11/24/2015

Five Things You Didnít Know about the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center, 9/17/2015


(5 mentions)

Nursery Industry 
Tennessee is a top producer of ornamental plants. The nursery industry here is concentrated in a very specific part of our state, known for a mild climate and growing beautiful trees and shrubs.


Recent Publications

Using social media to increase ornamental entomology and plant pathology outreach.  Hale, F. A., A. S. Windham, D. D. Hensley, and J. F. Grant.  2018.  Proceedings: Annual Meeting of the ESA, Vancouver, BC Canada, November 10-15.

Characterization of genic microsatellite loci and genetic diversity analysis for the ornamental plant green and gold (Chrysogonum virginianum L.).  M. Nowicki, E. E. Schilling, S. Boggess, L. C. Houston, M. Huff, M. E. Staton, J. Lampley, and R. N. Trigiano.  2018.  HortScience.

Tolerance of native ornamental grasses to over-the-top applications of Pylex herbicide Marble, C. M., M. T. Elmore, and J. T. Brosnan.  2018.  HortScience53:842-849.

University of Tennessee Turf & Ornamental Field Day Proceedings.  Brosnan, J. T.  2017.  (Editor).

2017 University of Tennessee Turf & Ornamental Field Day Proceedings.  Brosnan, J. T.  2017.  Editor.

The Insecticide and Miticide Mode of Action Field Guide: A resource to assist in managing arthropod pests of turfgrass and ornamental plants.  Chong, J. C., W. E. Klingeman, and F. A. Hale.  2017.  W 415, UT Extension, Clemson University, 75 pp.

New publications for turf and ornamental pest control.  Hale, F. A.  2017.  Proceedings of the UT Turf and Ornamental Field Day, UT AgResearch and UT Extension..

Disease Control Woodward, J, N. W. Gauthier, and A. S. Windham.  2017.  2017 Southeastern U.S. Pest Guide for Nursery Crops and Landscape Plantings, Southern Nursery IPM Working Group.

Validation of laser-guided variable-rate sprayer for managing insects in ornamental nurseries Zhu, H., R. Rosetta, M. E. Reding, R. H. Zondag, C. M. Ranger, L. Canas, A. Fulcher, R. C. Derksen, H. E. Ozkan, and C. R. Krause.  2017.  Transactions of the ASABE, 60(2):337-345.

2016 University of Tennessee Turf & Ornamental Field Day Proceedings.  Brosnan, J. T.  2016.  Editor.

University of Tennessee Turfgrass & Ornamental Weed Science.  Brosnan, J. T., G. K. Breeden, J. J. Vargas, and D. F. Farnsworth.  2016.  Annual Research Report., pp. 1-115.

Diseases of Herbaceous and Woody Ornamentals.  Windham, A. S.  2016.  Proceedings of the Turf and Ornamental Field Day.