For several years I’ve enjoyed the flora and fauna at the greenhouse and garden located on South Green behind UCM offices in Scott Quad. The walkways, sitting areas, and wide range of plants that change with the seasons offers a quiet respite or meeting place. On a warm sunny day, you might see several bees and butterflies pollinating throughout the one-acre oasis. Conducting a quick search of “greenhouse” on OHIO’s website, I was able to find some interesting information about this University and Athens community resource.
First, of all, it’s not new. It truly is one of the University’s hidden gems that has been around for 45 years. Established in 1972, I was amazed to discover also that the greenhouse and garden provides instruction and support for the University’s Environmental Plant and Biology program.
Offering undergraduate and graduate programs, Ohio University’s Environmental Plant and Biology programs in the College of Arts and Sciences are ranked highly and are among the strongest in the country. Boasting more than 650 plants on the grounds and in the greenhouse, according to the University’s virtual tour, the greenhouse facility has several rooms where plants from six continents are grown. Though tours for small groups can be arranged, anyone is welcome to visit the garden anytime of the year.