Regional Horticultural Research and Training Station is located at a distance of 16 kms from Shimla on Shimla-Tattapani- Mandi road. It is situated at 31.1oN latitude and 77.1oE longitude, North West of Shimla with an elevation of 2286 meters above mean sea level. It has an area of 35.04 acres. This station is playing an important role in research and transfer of technology on temperate fruits-. This station was inherited from an apple orchard planted by Mr. Alexander Coutts, a tailor to the then Viceroy of India Lord Dufferin who originally planted the orchard known as "Hillock's Head" in the year 1887. Later on, it was named as 'Coutt's Garden', where some of famous English varieties of apple such as Yellow Newton, King of Pippin and Granny Smith were also introduced. Since December 1, 1985 it is a leading Regional Horticultural Research and Training Station of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan (HP) and centre of excellence for sustainable apple production.
RHR&TS has been honoured to welcome the visits of three Presidents of India namely; His Excellency Dr Rajendra Prasad, Shri V.V. Giri and Shri R. Venketraman and first Prime Minister of country Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru besides several Governors, Union Ministers, Chief Ministers and Ministers of different states. In addition, foreign dignitaries particularly scientists, professors, eminent persons, farmers of all the states and tourists all over the world visit station to see fruits and flowers every year.
The extension activities like farmer’s training programmes, melas, exhibitions, workshops and seminars; days celebrations, vocational courses and diagnostic team visits are organized from time to time. The scientists of the station are actively involved in transfer of technology through mass communication media like Doordarshan and All India Radio.