Plant Growth Facilites

Botany's eight greenhouses, encompassing 8,000 square feet, are located north of University Avenue and bounded by Chamberlain, Lathrop and Birge Halls. The facility features more than 1,000 species and aquatic, desert and tropical communities. Botany and other UW departments make extensive use of this working facility, permitting faculty and students to undertake a variety of research projects in plant geography, physiology, anatomy, ecology, taxonomy and other related areas.

The Botanical Garden serves both teaching and research as a living reference for plant families, genera and species. Examples of plants from around the world demonstrate the diversity and beauty of the plant kingdom. This is the first garden in the world to be designed based on the new Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APGII) system of molecular classification of plants.

Garden Panorama 
LEFT: Little Stinker, a rare Amorphophallus titanum, blooms in Greenhouse number 8
RIGHT: The Botanical Garden with Birge Hall and Greenhouses in the background.
INSETS: A silver-spotted skipper enjoys a lobelia; the shade garden features over 100 lily varieties.

In addition to meeting essential teaching and research interests, the greenhouses and garden are an aesthetic resource for students and the community. Botany staff assist visitors seeking advice on plants for their homes and gardens, and touring school children gather the seeds of environmental stewardship.