The Butler University Greenhouse is located behind and attached
to Gallahue Hall. It includes over 200 species in a wide array from
tropical to desert plants. The tropical plants include orchids such
as Cattleyas and Cymbidiums, primitive species such as cycads and
Psilotum and flowering trees such as banana, loquat, Hibiscus and
Magnolia. The desert room includes numerous species of cacti. For
example, there are several large Century plants and an Opuntia
cactus that originally grew on the LBJ ranch in Texas. The
greenhouse collection also includes of course quite a few popular
houseplants such as Peperomia, Diffenbachia, spider plants, Jade
plants and the ever popular Philodendron. There are also several
species of Bromeliads ("airplants") and ferns.
Many of the plants are used for study and research in the botany
and biology laboratories. Some of the plants are the subjects
for research by the botanists of the Butler University Biology
The greenhouse is maintained by Dr. Philip Villani and Collin
Bowman. The temperature, under automatic control, is maintained at
74 degrees during the daytime and 60 degrees at night. The lights
are on during the day but go off automatically during the early
evening hours. The plants need to rest at night too!
Tours of the greenhouse may be arranged by contacting either Dr.
Villani by phone at (317) 940-8334 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Collin Bowman by e-mail at email@example.com