The extensive collection of living plants in Colgate University’s greenhouse allows it to serve as a living classroom and laboratory to support faculty and student learning and research.


The Collection

Housed in the facility are approximately 1,000 species, including ferns, orchids, cycads, cacti, and succulents; bromeliads and other epiphytes; plants of economic importance; and flowering vines. The collection supports instruction and research in the facility throughout the year.

Explore the collection

About the Facility

The greenhouse is located in the Ho Science Center. It features:

The entire greenhouse facility is 3,000 square feet.
The total growing area under glass is roughly 1,800 square feet.
Growing space is divided into six separate climate-controlled plant zones.

The six plant zones are designated as:

  • A tropical house
  • Two temperate zones
  • Three faculty and student research zones

Community Outreach

Greenhouse tours are available to school groups, clubs, and individuals interested in learning about our plant collection and research. Tours are often coupled with a visit to Colgate’s Ho Tung Visualization Laboratory.

About Colgate’s science outreach

Contact Information

Associated Faculty

Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies; Chair, Department of Biology
224 Ho Science Center
Professor of Biology; Director, Center for Learning, Teaching and Research
129 Ho Science Center
Professor Biology and Environmental Studies; Director, Upstate Institute