About the Greenhouse
The Life Sciences Greenhouse, opened in August 2011, offers climate-controlled rooms geared to specific environments and houses unique collections that are open to the public. Two rooms, one warm and one cool, house the award-winning Brout Orchid Collection, the gift of Alan Brout '51. Mr. Brout donated nearly 1,000 individual plants and continues to find new and unusual orchids to add to the collection.
The tropical room includes plants that grow in areas where temperatures range from 65 degrees Fahrenheit (F) through 80 degrees F. This collection includes banana, coffee, chocolate, and pineapple plants. Also present are about 30 species of carnivorous plants, a perennial favorite among younger visitors.
A sub-tropical room features a large fern collection along with a number of fragrant jasmine, olive, and pomegranate plants. There is also a pond with goldfish and aquatic plants. Sub-tropical plants can handle nighttime temperatures as low as 45 degrees F.
A dry room offers a desert collection of plants in the cactus family, as well as other varieties that tolerate dry conditions, like some lilies, milkweeds, and some poinsettias.
The research areas, closed to the public, are filled with experimental projects of Dartmouth faculty and their students.
There is a multi-purpose room where students come to study, and members of the community come to have meetings or lunch.
While continuing the primary educational and research missions, the Greenhouse is also open to the public to enjoy the 'living botanical museum.' Informal and group tours are available.
The multi-purpose room is used for meetings, lunches, and studying. It's open to everyone to enjoy and experience a bit of summer in winter.