The UW Department of Biology has long cultivated fascinating plants. For nearly 70 years, our greenhouse oasis has housed all kinds- from carnivorous to incredibly odd and everything in between. We have 3,400 unique plant species, some endangered and rare, but all with a story to tell.
In 2016, the greenhouse collection was moved off site (thanks to generous support from Amazon Horticulture), to make way for a new Greenhouse. With construction completed, the Biology Greenhouse will soon begin its move back into the new facility!
And best of all?
We are excited to share the new facility with visitors! Sitting within “arms reach” of the Burke Gilman Trail, curious visitors are encouraged to drop in for a brief “tropical respite" and explore our beautfiul collection.
However, we need your help welcoming our plants to their new home!
Please consider joining our growing community of donors and share in our love for pants! Hope to see you soon!
Icons of our collecion include the Darwin Orchid (Angraecum sesquipedale), Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum), and Chocolate Tree (Theobroma cacao).
Thanks to the generosity of Amazon, the plant collection is being housed in an off-site greenhouse during construction of the new Life Sciences Complex (LSC). This new, modern, and ADA accessible 20,000 sq ft facility will provide state-of-the-art climate controls, security for research projects, and enhanced resources to accommodate the UW's robust plant collection. The new UW Biology Greenhouse will play a dynamic role in plant-based research, teaching, and outreach - particularly for our K-12 visitors. We look forward to sharing this beautiful new space with you in late 2019 or early 2020!
Other favorites of our collection include the Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys), Shrew Loo (Nepenthes ephippiata), and Welwitschia mirabilis, which can live up to 2000 years!