Research Facilities Greenhouse

Wilbur V. Harlan Greenhouse




Located on the top floor of Science and Engineering Hall, the 1,225-square-foot greenhouse opened in 2017. The rooftop facility is home to plants that support research on insects, climate change, genetic diversity and other active projects. Visitors can take a walk through time at the green facility to understand how plants have evolved over millions of years, and students are invited to study on the terrace, visit during open hours or apply for positions caring for the plants.

Visit the Greenhouse
Science and Engineering Hall, Room 8546
800 22nd St NW
Washington, D.C. 20052
[email protected]
Visits by appointment only.
Contact the greenhouse manager with questions.

Volunteer at the Greenhouse
If you are interested in volunteering in the Harlan Greenhouse please contact the greenhouse manager. Applications are due two weeks after the start of the semester you're interested in volunteering for. (ex. Fall Semester application deadline - September 14) If you miss the application deadline, your application will be considered for the following semester.

**Greenhouse Open Hours and the Greenhouse Volunteer Program have been suspended for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Semesters due to COVID-19. If you are interested in conducting research in the Greenhouse please fill out the form below.

Request Greenhouse Space

Prior to requesting research space in the Harlan Greenhouse, please read the Harlan Greenhouse Rules and Regulations (PDF).

Greenhouse by the Numbers

100 plant species


1125 Square feet of indoor and outdoor space


400 million years of plant evolution on display


Happening in the Harlan Greenhouse