WELCOME

Welcome to the Purdue University Horticulture Plant Growth Facility, serving the departments of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture. First opened in March 1998, this world-class facility includes 25 greenhouse rooms totaling 34,800 sq. ft., 2 air-conditioned growth rooms, 17 growth chambers, 5 walk-in coolers, a tissue culture laboratory, three teaching laboratories and 4,500 sq.ft. of headhouse space for offices, work space and storage. Whether you're a staff member ready to start using the facility, a greenhouse manager interested in our facility or protocols, or just interested in seeing what grows in a research and teaching greenhouse, choose from our links to start your tour.

Contact Us

Plant Growth Facility
Nathan Deppe, Mgr.
HGRH 1139B
ndeppe@purdue.edu
(
765) 494-7265


Facility Contacts

PURDUE ​​​HORTICULTURE GREEN HOUSE QUICK FACTS

  • Purdue's Horticulture Greenhouse was built in 1998 for a cost of $7.2 million
  • The funding was part of the $32 million spending package for the Food Science complex, constructed just west of the Horticulture Building.
  • At least a decade of planning and committee meetings preceded the construction, with a committee formed in 1985 and the first detailed memorandum dated December 17, 1986 by then Department Head, Bruno Moser.
  • Considered one of the finest research greenhouses in the country. Other universities that have visited or borrowed blueprints: Rutgers, Illinois, Cornell, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Indiana
  • 2.5 full time employees and 3-7 hourly students (most Hort majors)
  • Usage: 25% teaching/75% research
  • Classes: Fundamentals of Horticulture (HORT101), Plant Propagation (201), Plant Physiology (301), Residential Horticulture and Flower Arranging (360) and Ornamental Horticulture Production (423)
  • Areas of Specialization
  • Dozens of public tours annually
  • HORT SHOW each spring for over 80 years
  • High school and middle school age volunteers from Greater Lafayette Area Special Service receive vocational training doing simple greenhouse tasks at our facility.​

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