About Us

Research plots, GM Frost Building, Eric Lyons

GTI's Mission Statement

The Guelph Turfgrass Institute is dedicated to conducting quality research and providing accurate and timely information and education services in turfgrass science with a special emphasis on environmental sustainability and enhancement.  


mac and beth frost plaque

The Guelph Turfgrass Institute was established in 1987 to conduct research and extension and provide information on turfgrass production and management to members of the Canadian turfgrass industry. Part of the University of Guelph, the institute is supported by the university, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the turfgrass industry. 

The first of its kind in Canada, the institute is already recognized as a world-class centre for research, extension work and professional development for the study of turf. Building on the University of Guelph's long-standing expertise in turfgrass science, the research activities of the institute continue to focus in areas such as the environmental aspects of pesticide use (fate and persistence), evaluation of grass species, varieties and seeding methods, sports field construction, fertility and management programs, pesticide use and the biological and cultural control of diseases and weeds.



We gratefully acknowledge the support of the companies, individuals, and organizations who supported the fundraising effort to establish the new facility of the Guelph Turfgrass Institute and the historical donors who championed the establishment of the GTI.