Horticulture Gardens and Greenhouse Complex
The Texas Tech University Gardens and Greenhouse Complex is located on campus just north of the United Supermarkets Arena. This facility provides teaching, research, and engagement opportunities for the Department of Plant and Soil Science faculty and students as well as the local community.
The Horticultural Gardens
The first plantings for the Horticultural Gardens were made in 1982. Since that time, the gardens have expanded to include a variety of garden rooms including collections of annuals, perennials, shrubs, native plants, roses, and a small arboretum. Each of these areas provides a rich demonstration area for screening new plant materials for use in semiarid landscapes as well as serving as an outdoor classroom for plant material classes conducted by the Department of Plant and Soil Science. The gardens also include a demonstration vineyard, edible and medicinal gardens, a paving materials demonstration area and trial gardens.
The grounds are open from dawn until dusk. Feel free to enjoy lunch at one of our picnic tables or take a stroll along the garden's lush paths.
The University Greenhouse Range
Greenhouse construction was initiated in 1973 and the complex currently consists of eight glass and aluminum National Greenhouses, a steam drying facility and a plant laboratory with four growth chambers, an autoclave, an enology lab, a floral design classroom, and standard laboratory equipment. We also have two classrooms outfitted with LCD projectors, Wi-Fi and document cameras to assist us in supporting the over 1,000 students who pass through classes held at the greenhouse each year.
The greenhouse complex has four research houses with high intensity lighting and automated temperature control to support the estimated $3,000,000 of research conducted for federal, state and private grants each year. In addition, the three teaching compartments house an interior foliage collection along with plant production facilities to support the laboratory experiences of our students.