The Botanical Research building, its adjoining greenhouse, and the adjacent one-acre botanical garden contain collections of plants that are used in teaching and research within the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology. The indoor and outdoor collections total more than 650 plants.
The Botanical Research building also houses two computer laboratories operated by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
The 4,000-square-foot greenhouse has several rooms where plants from six continents are grown. The Monroe T. Vermillion Room contains a collection of succulents which includes more than 130 species that grow in arid regions of the world. Many of these plants are documented as having been grown from seeds or cuttings collected in their native habitat in 16 countries on four continents.
Every summer, several species of the mint and verbena families are moved from the greenhouse and replanted in the botanical garden. These are returned to the greenhouse for winter because they come from regions where the winter climate is milder than that of southeastern Ohio.
Associated with the greenhouse is the Bartley Herbarium, which has over 40,000 preserved specimens of vascular plants and 1,000 bryophytes.
Arrangements for small group tours of the greenhouse can be made by calling the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology, 593-1126.