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The Orchid Greenhouse

Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse - bsu.edu/orchids

Experience a small tropical environment in the middle of Indiana! With nearly 2000 orchids, the Rinard Orchid Greenhouse contains the largest university-based orchid collection in the United States, including the Wheeler-Thanhauser Orchid Collection and Species Bank, and Betty Kendall Ladyslipper Orchid Species Collection.  The collection is a living museum which provides opportunities for education and conservation of rare and endangered orchid species and is used for orchid research.  The collection also provides opportunities for students and visitors to learn about a diversity of tropical species.  Students, faculty, local schools, community, and visitors can see and learn about orchids, edible tropical plants, poison arrow frogs, birds and other tropical creatures that are on display in a small tropical environment.

The 3400 square foot greenhouse is a resource used by students in biology, natural resources, art, technology, landscape architecture, and photography and presents a variety of educational programs open to the general public.  Docents assist visitors during guided tours.  Programs include weekly meditation, brown-bag lunch, Saturday programs, mini-educational programs, walk-in tours and guided tours by request.

Even in winter, the Rinard Display House is always in full bloom. Changing educational displays, student art exhibits, and other seasonal features make the Rinard Display and Orchid Greenhouse a great place to visit throughout the year.

Greenhouse Hours:
Monday – Friday: Open 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Our collection is open to the public  Contact us, 765-285-8839

Learn more about our history and the species in our collection. View archived digital images of some of the orchids in the collection.  View our webinars Orchids 101 and Orchids 201 showing the basics of growing and caring for orchids.

Learn more about the Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse, our volunteer program and how to support the greenhouse via the Friends of the Rinard Orchid Greenhouse.

The Rinard Orchid Greenhouse is located within Christy Woods, on the southwest end of our campus. Foot access is available via University Avenue or Riverside Avenue. Please contact Parking Services at 765-285-1208 for information about parking on campus, or the (765) 285-8839 for parking for a visit to the greenhouse. To schedule a tour, please complete the form here.

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