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Escape the savage weather. Feel what it's like in the tropics. See over 450 species of flowers, ferns, orchids, and fruit trees. Visit the UMD Greenhouses.

While UMD's Department of Biology's greenhouses are primarily used for instructional laboratories and research programs, they also serve another purpose, sharing the botanical treasure trove with the public. This time of year, a visit to the greenhouses is especially inviting.

The community is invited to grasp the meaning of oasis. The moisture, the heat, the visual impact, and the smells are delightful, and there is a lot to learn along the way. The staff and students maintain the high quality botanical collection, and they are happy to share their experience and technical expertise in plant and greenhouse care.

Deborah Shubat, the greenhouses manager, gives greenhouse tours. She has been building the global plant collection and working in the biology department since the early 1980's. Each semester, about four student employees help with tours and tend the greenhouses.

About 700 community members browse through the greenhouses each year to ask questions, or just to enjoy the experience. The greenhouses are open 8 am–4:30 pm on weekdays. Interested parties should call ahead in case the greenhouses are being used by a large group. Contact Deb at 218-726-7258 or email

The greenhouses are used by researchers who primarily come from the Department of Biology. Faculty members Julie Etterson, John Pastor, Tim Craig, Clay Carter, Brianna Gross, and Jared Strasburg, and an occasional graduate student, use the greenhouses for research. Entire biology labs and art classes can often be found working in the greenhouses.

Interested in volunteering? Contact Deb at 218-726-7258 or email to discuss volunteer opportunities.

Greenhouses Web Page

Written by Cheryl Reitan, February 2014

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