The Department maintains a 9,200 square foot state-of-the-art greenhouse situated on the roof of the NWQ Building Complex. The new glass and acrylic greenhouse maximizes research capability and provides an open, flexible environment for botanical instruction, supporting both undergraduate and graduate education and cutting-edge NSF funded research.

The facility is divided into 3 wings, with 17 separate rooms and includes an expanded head house to be utilized as both a potting area and a classroom, modern wet lab space, a vibration lab, 3 instructional houses, 2 production and propagation houses, 6 research houses, an office and student area, and greenhouse support spaces, with an additional 1,200 square feet of outdoor planting beds available for research and instruction.

The instructional plant collection for Biological Sciences at UWM comprises approximately 640 species representing over 100 plant families, showcasing a range of plant biodiversity, evolution and adaptation. Specimens range from primitive mosses and liverworts, species representing lower vascular plant evolution, to cycads, to a strong representation of flowering plants. The greenhouse maintains a collection of native plants which is supplemented by 270 tree and shrub species planted throughout the campus. An 11-acre conservancy area on campus is also available for study. Lapham Hall houses 23 plant growth, insect, environmental or cold chambers for research and instructional use.

For questions or to visit, please contact the Greenhouse Manager at 414-229-4248, or via email at