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The  Growth Facilities are managed by Chief Horticulturalist, Bill Cole, along with Horticulturalist Andrew Petrie.  The greenhouse staff maintain the teaching plant collection and grow plant material used in course lectures and laboratory exercises. They also provide researchers with growth space and material, and have a wide range of knowledge and experience that they are happy to share.

Glasshouse and Growth Chambers

The Growth Facilities at the Earth Sciences Centre include over 80 plant growth chambers and rooms, and provide excellent support for plant & some model systems (fruit flies, rotifers, damselflies…) research at the University of Toronto.

Contact Bill and Andrew to request glasshouse space, change environmental settings and report pest problems.
Contact Bill, Andrew or Colin for chamber requests, program changes or to report problems.

Teaching Plant Collection

The teaching plant collection, comprised of many specimens of botanical and human interest.  The collection is located in glasshouses on the 5th floor of ESC. The collection is used to supplement a wide range of departmental courses, and is instrumental in public outreach (for example, elementary and high school tours). Students are welcome to visit and explore the collection between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.