The EBIO greenhouses hold a diverse collection of plants used for teaching and research at the University of Colorado. Our collections and facilities are primarily used by faculty and students in our own Department, but over the years they have been used in cooperative agreements or in simply providing needed plants to the Departments of Chemistry and to Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB), to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), to the Colorado School of Mines, and to the City of Boulder. We also provide outreach to K-12 schools in the Denver Metro Area.

The plants in our collection have taken years to acquire. Many are wild collected and irreplaceable. Some were collected decades ago, prior to the construction of the facility itself. As with any collection of living organisms and the facilities that house them, daily attention to detail is a necessity.

The accompanying photographs on this website were all taken by H. Richard Ellis. Photographs, many unlabeled, taken by our staff and volunteers can be seen on the EBIO Greenhouse Flicker Photostream.