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.
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
Student employment opportunities
Wheaton students with an interest in environmental science or biology are encouraged to apply for a paid position as a Greenhouse Assistant. The greenhouse employs several student assistants each year. Email Ben Robbins, Greenhouse Horticulturist, at email@example.com or stop by the greenhouse if interested.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.