Greenhouse

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 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.

The 2022 Plant sale will be for one day only, on Friday, May 6, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EST) at the greenhouse and biology lab (Room 116) in the Math Science Building.

Native Plant Guides

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,  Asclepias tuberosa
  • Columbine
  • Coreopsis lanceolata
  • Green headed coneflower
  • Grey headed coneflower
  • Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
  • Heliopsis (tickseed or false sunflower)
  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Joe pye weed
  • Medicine Hat Coneflower
  • Milkweed – Common Asclepias syriaca
  • Milkweed – Red or swamp
  • New England Aster
  • Pearly Everlasting
  • 3 Blazing stars: Rough, Dense, Prairie
  • Sneezeweed
  • Spotted bee balm
  • Vervain (Blue Verbena)
  • Wild bergamot (Monarda)
  • Woodland Sunflower
  • Bells of Ireland
  • Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
  • Cup plant-Silphium
  • Gallardia- Blanket Flower
  • Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
  • Lupine (Russell)
  • Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea and pallida, neither native)
  • Shasta daisy
  • Wild Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis)
  • Big Bluestem
  • Little Bluestem
  • Switchgrass
  • Brussels Sprouts – Franklin Hybrid
  • Cabbage – Stonehead hybrid
  • Cauliflower – Snow Crow Hybrid
  • Basil – Sweet Italian
  • Fennel
  • King of the North Sweet Pepper
  • Red Belgian Sweet Pepper
  • Sweet Banana
  • Hot Banana (Hungarian Hot Wax)
  • Butternut - Waltham
  • Celebrity Hybrid semi-D
  • Early Girl – I
  • Wisconsin 55 - semi-D
  • Sun Sugar Hybrid (cherry)- I
  • Sweet Millions (cherry) - I
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