Jordan Greenhouse Tour
Indiana University Greenhouse John Lemon, greenhouse supervisor: Well, Jordan Hall was built in 1956 and the greenhouses are a part of Jordan Hall. We are open to the public, seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and we have a lot of visitors that walk through. We also give guided tours to groups. Well, we go from room to room. The greenhouses here are divided into a lot of individual smaller rooms and we just explain some of the more interesting plants in each room. We have things like cotton. We have some tropical plants like bananas, pineapples, coconut palm trees. We have a collection of desert plants in a desert room. They have a different form than a lot of other plants have, adaptations to survive in arid climates. We have a group of insectivorous plants that includes pitcher plants, Venus Flytraps. I like the insectivorous plants. They get a lot of their food from insects. They catch insects in different ways. And then we have plants called mimosa, or sensitive plants, that the kids especially like to look at because you can touch those and the leaves fold up, so that's probably a favorite of theirs. [ Music ] Produced by Hillary Demmon.