Biology Greenhouse

Welcome to the Biology Greenhouse at Appalachian State University. The Greenhouse and staff support a wide variety of outreach, teaching, basic and applied research efforts.

We're located off of State Farm Road. Here's a map to help you find us.

High Country Gardening-A Monthly Series

We at the Appalachian State University Biology Greenhouse wish to share our passion, knowledge and experience in ornamental horticulture. To that end, we have created a monthly class called High Country Gardening. Our goal is to enable and embolden those new to gardening and offer some perspective for more advanced gardeners.  A wide range of classes are offered in ornamental horticulture, including classes devoted to trees, shrubs, perennials, North Carolina native wildflowers, as well as the selection and care of tropical species.

Classes are generally held on the second or third Saturday of the month and run 9:30-11:15.  Classes are free, but those interested in supporting the greenhouse may offer an optional registration fee.  Some classes fill up quickly, so it’s prudent to sign up as soon as possible by email, preferably, at, or calling 828-262-4025.  There is no planned schedule of classes for  2013 -  please ask to be added to our distribution list and you will receive any announcement about classes for the balance of this year.

Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to work with tropical plants from around the world? Opportunities exist for volunteering.  Anyone interested in plants is welcome. For area Master Gardeners, your experience at our facility is an approved way to earn volunteer hours. If interested, please call, visit, or email us.

Plant Sales

The greenhouse holds two plant sales each year. In May, tropicals, annuals and vegetables are sold. The September sale features tropicals and hardy perennials. Student and community volunteers do most of the growing. Your support is appreciated. For dates, see ‘High Country Gardening’ schedule above.

SPRING 2014 PLANT SALE will be held on Thursday (8-5), Friday (8-5), and Saturday (8-2pm), May 15, 16, and 17th.  An assortment of plants will be available: tropicals, some annuals, herbs, and perennials, and nearly three dozen tomato varieties from which to choose.  Prices start at just 50¢.  Some plants are limited in number, so a visit on the first sale day might be a good idea.  Please help support the greenhouse!

Reserving the Greenhouse

Faculty are welcome to bring classes to the greenhouse and research projects that require the greenhouse are encouraged. A space request form must be filled out in advance. It is available here.

Conservatory Tours

By prearrangement, the greenhouse offers tours of the  conservatory, which now holds over 900 species of plants from around the world.  Group size should be limited to fifteen people.            

You are welcome to tour the conservatory between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.