Conservatory and Greenhouses


Inside the brand new greenhouses and conservatory at SUNY Cobleskill students are provided hands-on experience no matter the weather. Completed in the fall of 2014, the greenhouses on campus provide an indoor growing space and living laboratory for students in any Plant Science Course. From ten feet tall tomato plants to flowering cacti there is always a large mix of vibrant plants growing in the SUNY Cobleskill greenhouses and conservatory.  

     Plant Conservatory

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The Plant Conservatory is a 1,850 square foot glasshouse used as a living laboratory for many Plant Science courses. The conservatory features a variety of tropical and subtropical plants as well as plants common to the interior spaces of shopping malls, hotels, and offices. Paths meander through the plant collection featuring orchids, palms, bromeliads, begonias, foliage plants, cacti, and succulents in the conservatory. In the winter months, the conservatory provides a green haven from the cold winter days.

The conservatory is located in the Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources
and is open to the public during the following times:

School year: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm
Summer: Monday - Friday, 7 am - 3:30 pm

We have moved!

Our new state-of-the-art conservatory featuring computer controlled environment with fog jets, shade curtain, and ventilation is now located in the Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources building. The college is currently raising funds to complete the construction of the water features, hardscape, and amenities for the conservatory. The College Foundation/ Office for Advancement, headed by Lois Goblet, is spearheading efforts to secure funding for the various parts of the conservatory project. Learn more about how to give >

The new conservatory continues to house the various tropical, subtropical, cacti/succulent and aquatic plant collections. This area will serve as a place for socialization, relaxation, entertainment, community involvement, and a campus tour destination. It will provide an enriching experience for all of the senses and showcase features that are used in landscapes, gardens and greenhouses across the country. The new conservatory will provide an opportunity to expose a wide range of audiences to plants, the plant science programs and SUNY Cobleskill as a whole. The design team of Prof. Chris Cash, Prof. Tim Marten, Mr. Steve Mullarkey, and Prof. Terry Forsyth were given a charge to design the new conservatory.
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Proposed design features of the new conservatory include:
1. A 17’ wide by 12’ tall rain wall/water curtain falling into a waterless pool.
2. A 12’ by 15’ open space for tour groups and classes.
3. Adjacent to the open space is a planting space to contain the orchid and bromeliad collections. An artificial orchid tree will be constructed to grow and display the epiphytic orchids and bromeliads.
4. An 8’ by 12’ by 9’ walk through masonry structure supporting a pool, plant materials, and two waterfalls. Visitors will be able to walk under the water and look out through the two waterfalls.
5. The 2 waterfalls drop into pools that will grow aquatic plants and koi fish.
6. Off one of the pools will be a native bog plants and carnivorous plants growing area.
7. A 15’ wide by 12’ tall green wall featuring the Cobleskill tiger mascot. A green wall is a vertical growing structure of living plants. Companies have used these as living billboards.
8. Separate bed spaces to provide the specialized environment for cacti and succulent plant materials.
9. Beds spaces to grow tropical and sub-tropical plants.
10. The walkways will be edged with stone blocks -1 block tallwith a bluestone capstone.
11. Benches will be located for patrons to relax and experience the conservatory.
12. A mist cooling system to control the temperature and humidity levels. It will also provide special effects to enhance the plant environment experience.
13. A lighting system using LED lighting technology to provide energy efficiency and programmable lighting effects – it can also be used to educate students in the newest technology used in the landscape and night lighting industries.
14. A sound system including speakers and portable microphones to aid in tours and classroom instruction. It could also be used to provide background tropical forest sounds and background music.
15. Areas to display art work and sculptures.
16. Signage to educate students and the public about the specialized plants featured in the conservatory.


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Things are looking up at the brand-new state-of-the-art SUNY Cobleskill Greenhouses. With 8,500 square feet of growing space spread across four separate houses there are always student and class projects growing in the greenhouses. The completely automated Argus computer system allows the greenhouse environments to be controlled anywhere in the world internet connection is available. SUNY Cobleskill Greenhouse range is well known for growing hydroponic vegetables; particularly tomatoes that grow from September to July with vines that will reach 40 feet long. As part of Plant Science courses students also propagate and grow lettuce and microgreens hydroponically, Christmas poinsettias, Easter Lilies, bonsai, perennials, annuals, turfgrass, succulents, and forages to name a few. Plants are always changing as students are growing new crops for class projects. Plant Science holds a large plant sale on campus the first Saturday in May, open to the community, for selling plants that students have grown.