Investing in Horticulture's Future

Since 1962, the Horticultural Research Institute has directed more than $7 million of industry funds through its competitive grants program. Research projects have covered the full range of production, environmental and business issues important to the green industry. Funding for the competitive grants program comes from HRI supporters and their charitable donations made to the HRI General Fund or numerous named funds of the HRI endowment. The annual investment returns from the HRI endowment provide research grants each year.

HRI strives to fund research that specifically deals with green industry related issues. HRI-supported projects focus on:

  • significant problems
  • regulatory issues or emerging opportunities in the horticultural industry
  • encourage environmentally responsible management practices
  • increase nursery crop producers' business or financial expertise
  • and improve and expand the general market for plant material


HRI seeks to support research that has definable outcomes and represents a return on investment for the green industry.

For an entire list of past funded projects.


The Backbone of Our Mission: Research

HRI funds horticultural research focusing on the propagation, production, distribution, marketing, and sale of horticultural crops. We work to ensure that our funded research meets industry-approved standards for value, impact and accountability. Industry leaders evaluate the significance and economic usefulness of research applications, and HRI's scientific advisory panel assesses each project’s feasibility and methodology.

As the horticultural industry information clearinghouse, we reduce research duplication by encouraging investigators to examine the same problem from different angles. This makes better information and more resources available to the researchers. And it helps our HRI dollars to go twice as far.


Investing in Special Initiatives

In addition to the annually funded research projects, Horticultural Research Institute often engages in special initiatives for the benefit of the horticultural industry. These special initiatives are funded through a number of sources and sometimes exclusively funded by HRI.