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Horticulture and Natural Resources

Jason Griffin

Griffin, JasonProfessor of Nursery Crops, State Extension Leader, Director of John C. Pair Horticultural Center - Wichita
1901 E 95th St. S.
Haysville, KS 67060

316/788-3844 fax

Area(s) of Specialization:
Applied research in the areas of plant propagation and production of woody landscape plants


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Bio Brief

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.


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

Area of Emphasis

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


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. (accepted)

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.

Adams, R.P., M.A. Arnold, A.R. King, J.J. Griffin, J.K. Iles, G.W. Knox, G.V. McDonald, and G. Niu. 2014. Environmentally induced variation in the leaf volatile terpenes of Taxodium distichum (L.) Rich. (Cupressaceae). Phytologia. 96(3):167-177.

Brock, J.A. and J.J. Griffin. 2014. Rooting response of stem cuttings of shantung maple (Acer truncatum) to time of year, cutting position, and auxin concentration, formulation, and solvent. J. Environ. Hort. 32(3):163-166.

Brock, J.A. and J.J. Griffin. 2014. Auxin concentration affects adventitious rooting of mound layered caddo sugar maple (Acer saccharum) and shantung maple (Acer truncatum). J. Environ. Hort. 32(4):189-192.

Carmichael, T.R., C. R. Boyer, J.J. Griffin, S.L. Warren, and C.C. Lavis. 2014. Production and landscape establishment of nursery crops in eastern redcedar-amended substrates. J. Environ. Hort. 32(2):77-83.

Xu, J., X. Su, S. Lim, J. Griffin, E. Carey, B. Katz, J. Tomich, J.S. Smith, and W. Wang. 2014. Characterization and stability of anthocyanins in purple-fleshed sweet potato P40. Food Chemistry.