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

Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 10
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Bay College Main Campus
Room: MS 116

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.

2019 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
  • Butterfly weed
  • Columbine
  • Common milkweed
  • Coreopsis
  • False Solomon seal
  • False sunflower
  • Green headed coneflower
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Joe pye weed
  • Medicine hat
  • New England Aster
  • Pearly everlasting
  • Rough blazing star
  • Sneezeweed
  • Swamp milkweed
  • Vervain (blue verbena)
  • White bane berry (dolls eyes)
  • Wild bergamot
  • Wild blue lupine
  • Woodland sunflower
  • Clematis
  • Maple leaf viburnum
  • Mountain ash
  • Nine bark
  • Red osier dogwood
  • Cup plant
  • Coneflowers (Echinacea species: purple, plus some horticultural sorts)
  • Gaillardia
  • Geranium- Red Hybrid
  • Russel lupine
  • Shasta daisy
  • Sweet William
  • Jersey Knight hybrid
  • Mary Washington
  • Broccoli-DeCicco
  • Brussels Sprouts – Franklin Hybrid
  • Cauliflower-Snow Crown Hybrid
  • Cilantro
  • Sweet Italian Basil
  • Giant Marconi Hybrid
  • Red Belgian
  • Sweet Banana
  • Black Vernissage (?)
  • Bush Early Girl Hybrid (D)
  • Celebrity (Semi-D)
  • Cherokee Purple (I)
  • Martino’s Roma (D)
  • Roma (D)
  • Rutgers (D)
  • Siberian (I)
  • Sun Sugar Yellow Cherry (I)
  • Sweet Millions Hybrid Red Cherry (I)