Explore the greenhouse at Bay College

Flower and vegetable seedlings growing in the greenhouse

Connecting Campus and Nature

The Bay College greenhouse has 800 square feet of growing space, including a small pond.  The collection includes a diverse group of old and new world succulents.  In addition to providing plant material to support instruction at the College, the greenhouse propagates a variety of plants to support campus and area school gardens, as well as various community garden projects.  Past projects have included Esky Grow, the Escanaba Migratory Bird Enhancement Initiative, and monarch habitat restoration projects in the Hiawatha National Forest.  A priority is providing a local source of native plants for area gardeners interested in our local flora.

Annual Plant Sale

The Annual Plant Sale at Bay College has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Resources are being devoted to support Monarch habitat restoration projects on the Stonington Peninsula. For the latest campus updates, visit

The annual Bay College greenhouse plant sale is held each spring during the last week of the winter semester.  The sale focuses on native perennial wildflowers grown from locally collected seed.  A limited selection of other perennials, as well as several good performing varieties of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and annual flowers are usually available.  Proceeds from the sale go to support the STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) Club, the annual STEM Colloquia Series, and the continuing operation of the greenhouse, including production of plant stock for the projects described above. Pricing starts at $18.00 per flat (mix and match), and $0.50 per individually potted plant.

Native Plant Catalogs and Guides

Typical Plant Sale Offerings

Native plants are indigenous to a particular habitat within a specific region. They are adapted to local conditions and have natural defenses to diseases and insect pests. Importantly, they provide habitat and food for butterflies, hummingbirds, songbirds, and beneficial insects. When planting, match the plants with their native conditions as much as possible. Once established, they will not require supplemental watering. Native upland dry and dry prairie plants can withstand extended periods of drought.

  • Black eyed Susan
  • Blue-eyed Grass (Siseryncium)
  • Butterfly weed,  Asclepias tuberosa
  • Canada Mayflower
  • Columbine
  • Coreopsis lanceolata
  • Dolls Eyes (White bane berry)
  • Green headed coneflower
  • Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
  • Heliopsis (tickseed or false sunflower)
  • Jack in the Pulpit
  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Joe pye weed
  • Milkweed - Common Asclepias syriaca
  • New England Aster
  • Ohio Spiderwort
  • Pearly Everlasting
  • Purple coneflower
  • Rough Blazing star
  • Sneezeweed
  • Spotted bee balm
  • Starry false Solomon seal
  • Vervain (Blue Verbena)
  • Wild bergamot (Monarda)
  • Woodland Sunflower
  • Clematis (Virgin's Bower or Old Man's Beard)
  • Maple leaf viburnum
  • Broad-Leaved Penstemon
  • Cream False Indigo
  • Culver's Root
  • Cup plant-Silphium
  • Dianthus - Sweet William
  • FoxGlove
  • Gallardia- Blanket Flower
  • Lupine (Russell)
  • New Jersey Tea
  • Prairie Onion
  • Purple Prairie Clover
  • Shasta daisy
  • Showy Goldenrod
  • Western Sunflower
  • Fox sedge
  • Mary Washington
  • Broccoli - Belstar hybrid
  • Brussels Sprouts - Franklin Hybrid
  • Cabbage - Stonehead hybrid
  • Cauliflower - Snow Crow Hybrid
  • Kale - Prizm hybrid
  • Basil - Sweet Italian
  • Florence Fennel - Antares hybrid
  • Early Jalapeno
  • Hungarian Hot Wax
  • King of the North - sweet
  • Red Belgian Sweet Pepper
  • Sweet Banana
  • Bush Early Girl Hybrid- D
  • Celebrity Hybrid semi-D
  • Martino's Roma - D
  • SunSugar Hybrid - I
  • Sweet Million Hybrid -I