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Horticulture and Natural Resources

Dr. Jason Griffin

Dr. Jason Griffin

Professor and Extension Specialist, Woody Ornamentals and Industrial Hemp, Director of John C. Pair Horticultural Center - Wichita


John C. Pair Horticultural Center
1901 E 95th Street S
Haysville, KS 67060

Ph: +1-316-788-0492
Fx: +1-316-788-3844

Areas of Specialization

Applied research in the areas of plant propagation and production of woody landscape plants.

Biography & Education


Jason Griffin was born in Hannibal, New York where he grew-up on a golf course. From there, his interest in the outdoors was obvious as he was always mowing the grass and taking care of the plants on his parents’ golf course, Griffin’s Greens. Griffin started his collegiate experience with every intention of becoming a golf course superintendent, but after taking a landscape class at SUNY Cobleskill, he became very interested in that side of horticulture. Those interests in horticulture later lead Griffin to pursue a B.S at Cornell University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in horticulture at North Carolina State University.

Currently, Griffin serves as the Director of the John C. Pair Horticultural Center in Wichita, Kansas. The Pair Center is an applied research facility, which works with essentially all horticultural crops such as, trees, shrubs, fruits, vegetables and turfgrass. There are currently three full-time staff and two or three students during the summer who work at the Pair Center.

Griffin’s research is primarily focused around woody plants. At the Pair Center, he works on a variety of research projects including nursery production, landscape utilization and cultivar evaluations.

“The best part of the HFRR Department is the people,” Griffin says. “The faculty, staff, students … everyone involved has been outstanding. Although I only see them once a month, they still treat me like family.”

Outside of his job, Griffin enjoys spending time outside and home-brewing his own beer and hard apple cider.

  • Ph.D. Horticulture, North Carolina State University (2002)
  • M.S. Horticulture Science, North Carolina State University (1999)
  • B.S. Plant Science, Cornell University (1996)


  • Griffin, J.J., W.R. Jacobi, E.G. McPherson, C.S. Sadof, J.R. McKenna, M.L. Gleason, N.W. Gauthier, D.A. Potter, D.R. Smitley, G.C. Adams, A.B. Gould, C.R. Cash, J.A. Walla, M.C. Starrett, G. Chastagner, J.L. Sibley, V.A. Krischik, and A.F. Newby. 2017. Ten-year performance of the United States national elm trial. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry. 43(3):107-120.
  • Braun, R.C., J.D. Fry, M.M. Kennelly, D.J. Bremer, and J. Griffin. 2017. Single and sequential colorant application effects on buffalograss and zoysiagrass color during dormancy. HorTechnology 27(3): 1-6.
  • Zlesak, D.C., R. Nelson, D. Harp, B. Villarreal, N. Howell, J. Griffin, G. Hammond, and S. George. 2017. Performance of landscape roses grown with minimal input in north-central, central, and south-central United States. HorTechnology 27(5): 718-730.
  • Braun, R., J. Fry, M. Kennelly, D. Bremer, and J. Griffin. 2016. Colorant application volume and color persistence on a 'Chisholm' zoysiagrass lawn. HortTechnology 26(3): 314-319.
  • Griffin, J.J. and W.R. Jacobi. 2016. Ten year performance of the United States National Elm Trial. Arb. & Urban For. (accepted)
  • Chandra, A., J.D. Fry, A.D. Genovesi, M. Meeks, J.C. Engelke, Q. Zhang, D. Okeyo, J. Moss, E. Ervin, Xi Xiong, S. Milla-Lewis, J. Brosnan, J. Griffin, and L. Parsons. 2016. Registration of 'KSUZ 0802' Zoysiagrass. J. Plant Registrations 11(2): 100-106.
  • Brock, J.A., J.J. Griffin, and C.R. Boyer. 2015. Rooting stem cuttings of herbaceous and woody ornamentals in substrates containing eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana). J. Environ. Hort. 33(4):155-159.
  • Xu, J., X. Su, S. Lim, J. Griffin, E. Carey, B. Katz, J. Tomich, J.S. Smith, and W. Wang. 2015. Characterization and stability of anthocyanins in purple-fleshed sweet potato P40. Food Chemistry. 186:90-96.


Dr. Griffin’s current research includes:

  • Environmental Stress Physiology – investigating landscape plant response to environmental stresses in Kansas and species/provenances with improved tolerance to such stresses
  • Landscape establishment – investigating methods to improve transplant survival and growth of landscape plants
  • Nursery Production – investigating alternative substrates for Kansas container nursery growers
  • Plant propagation – investigating sexual and asexual plant propagation practices utilizing pre-germination treatments, stock plant manipulation, and root stimulating hormones
  • Woody Plant Selection and Evaluation – identifying and evaluating species, provenances, and cultivars with improved landscape characteristics for use throughout the region