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Georgia College’s greenhouse will host an open Georgia College's greenhouse on Montgomery Street will hold an open house 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 6.Georgia College's greenhouse on Montgomery Street will hold an open house 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April Friday, April 6 to celebrate 25 years of providing opportunities for student research and building community relationships.

“Visitors will have the opportunity to explore our unique plant collections,” said Marina Barkovskii, greenhouse supervisor. “We’re also giving tours, door prizes and special recognition to campus and local
community members who helped initiate the greenhouse 25 years ago.”

The open house begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. at the university greehouse on Montgomery Street.

The first five visitors will receive a plant of their choice from the greenhouse’s sale bench. The greenhouse also will sell plants. Prices range from $1 to $6.

Opened during 1987, the Georgia College greenhouse features a diverse collection of more than 300 exotic plant species from around the globe.

The greenhouse serves as a research and teaching laboratory for Georgia College students and faculty. It also serves as a learning tool for the community.

“Throughout the years this two-level structure has enhanced the beauty of our campus and connected us to our community, especially our youth,” said Dr.Harriett Whipple, professor emerita of biology and co-founder of the greenhouse. “For the past 25 years the greenhouse has been a gateway for visitors to learn about
and engage in horticulture.”

The greenhouse inspires and connects local students to the field of botany. Approximately 1,000 public school students visit the greenhouse annually.

“Our blooming Venus flytrap is a favorite of school children,” Barkovskii said. “Now visitors can see desert plants in bloom. The greenhouse is surely unique to the Middle Georgia area.”

Contact Barkovskii at 478-251-4009 or email

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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