CNS Research & Education Greenhouse

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About the Greenhouse facility

The CNS Research & Education Greenhouses is a $10.8 million, 15,000 square foot facility design that balances the university's historic, agrarian roots with the spirit of cutting-edge plant research. The facility is both greenhouse and laboratory. The headhouse consists of two laboratories, a potting/classroom, a growth chamber room and office for the Greenhouse superintendent. A renovated greenhouse provides four rooms of upgraded teaching and research facilities.

The new (2011) glass greenhouse facility maximizes research capability and provides an open, flexible environment for introductory botany instruction. The greenhouse, which is a Silver-rated LEED facility, has 12 separate rooms arranged in two wings. One wing contains four 1,000 square-foot rooms; the other wing offers eight rooms of varying sizes, two specifically designed as propagation rooms, and two with full air temperature control for research requiring intensive regulated controls. Sophisticated automated systems control natural and artificial lighting, temperature, humidity, irrigation and fertilization, adapting the interior environment in response to the sun, the wind, and the weather.

Greenhouse Sustainability Features brochure (pdf)

Using the facility

Space in the greenhouse is limited and availability is decided by a greenhouse committee approximately three weeks prior to the start of a quarter. To reserve space, researchers should complete the greenhouse space request form.

The greenhouse will operate on a system of quarters:


Usage fees are segmented by tiers and will be charged by the square foot for a three-month period as follows:

Tier 1: Plastic Houses $ .80
Tier 2: Bowditch 1-4 & Clark, Morrill $1.45
Tier 3: CNS $2.00
Tier 4: CNS – AC $2.50
Tier 5: Growth Chamber $55/Sm
Tier 6: Growth Chamber $220/Lg

For more information, contact Greenhouse Superintendent Chris Joyner via email: joyner [at] cns [dot] umass [dot] edu, or phone: (413) 545-5233.

Greenhouse Use Protocols

Greenhouse Space Request Form

Greenhouse Work Request Form