2021 Annual Plant Sale
This year, our annual plant sale will take place online from April 12th to April 23rd. Click the link below to visit the sale website. Once you purchase your plants, we will call you to arrange a pick-up time no earlier than approximately 48 hours after your order.
Plant Sale Link: https://commerce.cashnet.com/BALL_EMS090
IMPORTANT: The CashNet link "breaks" when copied and pasted. You must click on the link above to access the sale. If you would like to share the link to the plant sale with friends or family, please direct them to this page, where they can then click the link and be directed to the CashNet page.
On Saturday, April 24th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., we will hold an in-person sale at the Greenhouse of all remaining plants. We hope to see you there!
Visiting the Greenhouse
Visiting hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (closed to the public on Sunday).
- Please bring and wear your own mask. Visitors without masks will be not allowed entry into the greenhouse.
- Visitors are expected to have their mouth and nose covered by their mask at all times while inside the greenhouse.
- Visitors are expected to practice social distancing of at least six feet while inside the greenhouse.
- Hours are subject to change depending on staffing availability.
History and Virtual Tour
The Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse has a rich history at Ball State University dating back to 1970 after a donation from W.O. and Goldie Wheeler of the Wheeler-Thanhauser Orchid Collection and Species Bank. Watch our video for a brief history and virtual tour of the greenhouse.
About The Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse
Experience a small tropical environment in the middle of Indiana! With over 2,000 orchids, the Rinard Orchid Greenhouse contains the largest university-based orchid collection in the United States, including the Wheeler-Thanhauser Orchid Collection and Species Bank, and Betty Kendall Ladyslipper Orchid Species Collection. The collection is a living museum which provides opportunities for education and conservation of rare and endangered orchid species and is used for orchid research. The collection also provides opportunities for students and visitors to learn about a diversity of tropical species. Students, faculty, local schools, community, and visitors can see and learn about orchids, edible tropical plants, poison arrow frogs, birds and other tropical creatures that are on display in a small tropical conservatory.
The 3,400-square-foot greenhouse is a resource used by students in biology, natural resources, art, technology, landscape architecture, and photography and presents a variety of educational programs open to the general public. Docents assist visitors during guided tours. Programs include weekly meditation, brown-bag lunch, Saturday programs, mini-educational programs, walk-in tours and guided tours by request.
Even in winter, the Rinard Conservatory is always in full bloom. Changing educational displays, student art exhibits, and other seasonal features make the Rinard conservatory and Orchid Greenhouse a great place to visit throughout the year.
Our collection is open to the public.
Learn more about our history and the species in our collection. View archived digital images of some of the orchids in the collection. View our webinars Orchids 101 and Orchids 201 showing the basics of growing and caring for orchids.
Learn more about the Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse, our volunteer program and how to support the greenhouse via the Friends of the Rinard Orchid Greenhouse.
The Rinard Orchid Greenhouse is located within Christy Woods, on the southwest end of our campus. Foot access is available via University Avenue or Riverside Avenue. Limited parking is available near the greenhouse, adjacent to Christy Woods. Please contact the greenhouse at 765-285-8839 for parking information or questions about visiting the greenhouse.
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