Greenhouses, spring, Dana Greenhouses interior, 1962
Alternate Title: Trees from the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection in winter storage in the Cold Storage Unit
Dana Greenhouses, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
March 26, 1962
The Charles Stratton Dana Greenhouses opened in 1962 at the northwest end of our grounds (along Centre Street), partly to modernize our plant propagation resources, also to provide a centralized research facility for Arboretum staff. Jackson Dawson, our first superintendent and propagator, had previously built a small greenhouse in the back of his home at 1090 Centre Street. As the volume of work and seed collections increased, so did the need for a new, accessible facility. When construction was complete, the new facility included three glasshouses, a cold storage house, the bonsai pavilion, a permanent shade house, nursery and many plant beds.
In 2014, as part of its Campaign for Sustainability, the Arboretum launched a $250,000 fundraising campaign to upgrade lighting systems to longer-lasting LED fixtures and windows to double-glazed panes which improve temperature regulation for plant growth. The initiative was successful and The Dana Greenhouses attained the ideal early 21st-century standard for plant propagation and energy efficiency.
Each Thursday at 11:00am in June and selected Thursdays in July, The Bonsai and Penjing Collection will host an open house at the pavilion adjacent to the greenhouse. Our Calendar offers the most up-top-date information. Please join us!
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