Temple University Ambler Campus Greenhouse Education and Research Complex
Tyler School of Art and Architecture
Landscape Architecture and Horticulture
Greenhouse Horticulturist and Manager
Constructed in 2000, our Main Greenhouse features 3,700 square feet of climate-controlled growing space for various projects, including faculty and student research, class projects, and plant forcing for our annual display at the Philadelphia Flower Show. This space also houses a large percentage of our permanent teaching and research plant collection.
The Main Greenhouse is the warmer of our two enclosed growing areas, with a minimum temperature of around 66°F. The growing space is divided into three bays, each controlled individually though our Wadsworth environmental control system.
This system uses data collected from an on-site weather station to efficiently operate the various heating, venting and cooling equipment to provide an ideal growing environment.
Our Greenhouse features an automatic dual-purpose thermal blanket to increase our energy efficiency. This material is drawn across the roof area at nightfall and helps slow the escape of heat through the roof. It then reopens at daybreak to allow the sunlight in. This material is also used to shade the plants and reduce heat buildup during hot summer weather.
The Greenhouse also has the capability to capture and store rainwater from the 6,600 square feet of roof surface on the Greenhouse and Headhouse buildings. This water is stored in two underground cisterns with a combined holding capacity of 12,000 gallons and can be pumped into the Greenhouse for plant irrigation.
As part of the Main Greenhouse constructed in the year 2000, the Headhouse was constructed adjacent to the Greenhouse structure itself. This 2,900 square foot space serves multiple functions, including storage for horticultural materials, lab space for class use, and office space.
One of the main features of this room is a large walk-in floral cooler which is used by the Floral Design courses, as well as for the cold storage of seed.
There is also a 72” display monitor that is available for class use. During non-class times, this display often shows a rotating slideshow of what is currently in bloom in the greenhouses and Arboretum, as well as graphs showing the current Greenhouse conditions.
A locked and vented chemical room is located in the rear of the space and is used for the safe storage of any fertilizers, pesticides, and plant growth hormones. These materials are used for researchers, class experiments, or for forcing plants for the Philadelphia Flower Show. rently in bloom in the greenhouses and Arboretum, as well as graphs showing the current Greenhouse conditions.
There are two office spaces located in the Headhouse – one is for the Greenhouse Horticulturist while the other is shared by the Arboretum Student Workers.