Miami University’s Belk Greenhouse: A Photography Piece

By: Tyler Gillette

Screen Shot 2017-11-01 at 8.38.15 AM.pngOn Miami University’s Western campus, you can escape the cold fall weather and enjoy the warmth of a greenhouse full of tropical flowers. The Belk Greenhouse is in Boyd Hall on Western campus and is open to the public.

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The greenhouse is open year-round from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m on weekdays. This is because plants need to be watered every day.

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John Keegan has been the greenhouse’s manager and a professor in the Botany department for around 40 years. He encourages people to come and check out the greenhouse.

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John Keegan also teaches viticulture and enology, which is also referred to as the wine class. He has taught almost 5,000 students since he started teaching the course.

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The greenhouse is also used for research in the Biology department. One of the experiments taking place in the greenhouse is being executed by Richard Moore, a professor who uses the greenhouse to house papayas to study sex chromosomes and evolution.

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The greenhouse is home to many species of plants from all over the world. There is a corpse flower that is one of 200 that has bloomed in cultivation.

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Local Oxford schools also come to the greenhouse to learn about botany.

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All types of people and majors use the greenhouse as a getaway, especially during the cold months when the greenhouse is still warm and provides a tropical paradise in Oxford.

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Students use the greenhouse and the plants for many of their classes when they need inspiration for art classes or need a study break. There even has been commercials and fashion shoots here.  

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There is also a room that only houses cacti and succulents.

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If you want a tropical getaway between classes and you are near Western campus, you should make a trip to the Belk Greenhouse.

Pictures by Tyler Gillette.

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