The DC Smith Instructional Greenhouse is celebrating a major milestone!

25 years ago a campus parking lot sprouted a state-of-the-art greenhouse and conservatory. Since then over 30,000 students in hundreds of classes, not to mention countless visitors have come to learn about plants and be surrounded by green, growing things. 

You can be a part of the next 25 years of growing and learning! Help us replace our aging equipment with new, modern systems – like LED light fixtures that weren’t even available when we first opened last century. Make a donation at

Come see how we grow! The greenhouse is open to the public weekdays from 7AM to 6PM or visit one of our outreach events this spring. Find current event information at

  • Saturday April 9th is UW Science Expeditions. We will be open 10AM-2PM. Free house plants grown by students will be available for everyone while supplies last..
  • Saturday May 7th is UW Family Gardening Day. We will be open 10AM-1PM and sharing free vegetable transplants grown by students.

Stay up to date on events and happenings at the DC Smith Instructional Greenhouse by joining our mailing list. Events are free and open to the public.

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