Amos Eno Greenhouse

History

In 1986 the College dedicated its newly built greenhouse in memory of Amos Eno, a former trustee of College of the Atlantic. Funds for the construction of the greenhouse were donated by Amos' wife Alice Eno, who became a trustee herself after his death. Alice was a very active supporter of the College; the Biological Research Station on Great Duck Island is named after her in recognition of her devotion to science and her love of the students of COA.

Uses

Like many COA facilities, the greenhouse is open to the public, but its primary purpose is to support classes in all of the Colleges's resource areas. Some of these classes include: 4D design, Environmental Chemistry, Gardens and Greenhouses, Environmental Physiology, Agroecology, and Edible Botany.

Many students chose to do class projects and independent research in the greenhouse. In the past, these projects have included photography, installation art, measurements of air quality, architectural plans, and hydroponic research. The greenhouse has two banks of growing lights for controlled experiments, and additional research space is available in a climate-contolled growth chamber in the basement of Turrets.

The greenhouse also serves as seasonal storage for many of COA's garden plants that are not winter-hardy.

Management

The Amos Eno Greenhouse is run entirely by work study students under the supervision of Dr. Nishanta Rajakaruna, one of the College’s botany professors. The greenhouse is managed using organic gardening practices, and all organic waste is composted into the community garden compost pile. The greenhouse holds an annual plant sale on Earth Day to raise money for horticultural supplies.

The current work-study staff comprises:

  • Becca Haydu
  • Abigail Urban
  • Maya Critchfield
  • Wade Lyman
  • Ian Medeiros
  • Moses Bastille
  • Katie Powell

Collections

The Amos Eno Greenhouse holds a variety of plant specimens, with large collections of xeric plants (plants like cacti and succulents that can tolerate very low moisture) and tropical plants (such as bromeliads and orchids).




COA Arboretum


For her senior project "Arboretum of Eden," Marketa Doubnerova catalogued information about the trees of the COA campus.

Botany Faculty

Dr. Suzanne Morse

Dr. Nishanta Rajakaruna

Dr. Fred Olday

Dr. David Porter

Student Research

COA students use the greenhouse for a variety of research projects. Visit our research site to find out more about what is happening in the greenhouse, and how you can get involved in botany.