Category Archives: Greenhouse Education

How to Select the Right Size Greenhouse for Your School

Gothic Arch Greenhouse SchoolsIncorporating gardening to supplement your traditional classroom learning is an exciting step, no matter the grade or higher education level.

Gothic Arch Greenhouses has long been an advocate of horticultural education and, more importantly, making greenhouses for schools accessible for elementary grades all the way up to sophisticated college-level research projects.

One of the first steps to adding a garden or a greenhouse to support your curriculum is to define how you will use it, what you will need and even the roles of teachers and students.

But to assist educators and administrators in that process, we have created greenhouse levels based on the number of students enrolled. Each “level” breaks down the equipment sizes and supplies needed to support each size group, from 10 to 25 students up to 100-plus.

Within each list, the equipment and supplies are further broken down in phases. For example, each one begins with horticultural basics, an introduction to plant germination, propagation, transplanting and potting soil mixes.

As the students grow in their grasp of horticulture, so can the greenhouse program. Additional phases can incorporate ornamentals and forestry, field irrigation, and garden center management, greenskeeping, landscaping and more.

Even at the most basic level, hands-on horticulture education can open up a new world of opportunities for students of any age. Perhaps a student may be inspired to start his or her own garden at home to pursuing an exciting career in research that may influence the very food we eat!

The impact of gardening—and horticulture education—is all around us. For decades, Gothic Arch Greenhouses has been a supportive partner of greenhouses in schools, and that’s why we’ve done the groundwork to help make getting started easier for teachers.

We’re available to assist with your questions and address your concerns. Call us today at 1-800-531-4769 and one of our friendly representatives will be happy to help you!

Spotlight on College-Level Horticultural Programs

Greenhouses in Schools College Horticulture Programs Gothic ArchWhen a child is introduced to gardening, a seed is planted that may lead to a lifelong interest—or career—in horticulture. But even more opportunities about in this field than those that may quickly come to mind when you think of greenhouse programs in schools.

The lessons or experiments grow more sophisticated from elementary to high school programs, but taking a look college-level horticultural programs provides a glimpse into all the doors that can be opened by cultivating a passion in gardening.

These are just a few of the many post-secondary programs that provide students with the education and hands-on experience through research to prepare them for diverse careers in horticulture.

University of Hawaii – Tropical Plants and Soil Sciences

Students and faculty at the University of Hawaii are taking an active role in shaping the decisions of land use planners, farmers, researchers and others through their study of the state’s soils. By classifying and interpreting how each type of soil should best be used, both students and the public benefit from research conducted and the feedback it generates.

University of Arkansas – Turfgrass Science

Improving turfgrass production and management for golf courses, sports fields, and commercial and residential lawns is the focus of this program at the University of Arkansas. Students gain a well-rounded education by learning cutting-edge techniques and applying them in a unique laboratory setting that allows for studying warm- and cold-season turfgrass species.

Rutgers University – Horticultural Therapy

Gardeners know the many benefits of nurturing plants, but programs like the one at Rutgers University in horticultural therapy are helping translate that same experience in vocational, social and therapeutic programs. Such therapists may work as part of a team and help patients achieve a sense of accomplishment or independence through customized activities for people with a wide range of abilities.

Central Carolina Community College – Sustainable Agriculture

Students in the sustainable agriculture program learn about more than better growing methods. They also gain the business and technical skills required to manage profitable, environmentally-sound and community-based farms or agricultural operations. An organically managed outdoor classroom, which includes a greenhouse, provides invaluable hands-on opportunities for research, production and demonstration.

Gothic Arch Greenhouses has long been a supporter of horticultural programs in schools, from elementary programs through college settings. To learn more about designing a greenhouse program for your needs, please call us at 1-800-531-4769 or visit