The Wheaton College Greenhouse is dedicated to the research and exhibition of plant species native to a variety of climates.

A state-of-the-art facility

The 1,200 sq. ft. glass greenhouse was built on the rooftop of the LEED Gold Certified MARS Science and Technology Center. The MARS Science and Technology Center opened in 2013.

The facility features four greenhouse spaces, each monitored with an automated environmental control system that can adjust the heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting, and shading of each greenhouse as needed.

Academic support

The greenhouse provides laboratory materials and space to Wheaton students. Students taking biology, ecology, genetics, and a variety of arts courses use the greenhouse for both independent and course research work.

Wide-ranging research opportunities

Many research opportunities for students interested in environmental science, biology, and genetics are provided by the greenhouse.

Past student research includes:

  • Plant response to fertilizers and light intensity
  • Genetic inheritance in consecutive generations
  • Dormant wetland seed germination
  • Cross pollination of Rapid-Cycling Brassica strains

Four growth chambers provide students and faculty the ability to have control of light, humidity, and temperature within the closed chamber.

Past research includes:

  • Algae growth in different pH environments
  • Bean growth with Tobacco Mosaic Virus
  • Growth of albino corn for genetics studies

Public Welcome

Groups or individuals are welcome to visit the greenhouse. It is open to the public and Wheaton invites you to tour the facility.

Questions? Want to visit?

Contact Ben Robbins, Greenhouse Horticulturist, at

Temperate Greenhouse
Research Greenhouse
Rainforest House
Desert Greenhouse
Student experiments


Student seed bank research
Student experiments in growth chamber


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