College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture

Plant Growth Facilities Policies

Plant Growth Facilities Policies

It is the policy of the plant growth facilities staff under the direction of the Greenhouse Manager (Sydney Wallace, 301-405-4375, and the Facilities Manager (Shaun Faulkner, 301-405-6913, to maintain the Research Plant Growth Facility in optimal operating condition for the use of all faculty at the University. In order to accomplish this it will be necessary to have the full cooperation of all users. The following policies were established by the Controlled Environment Committee as guidelines in order to facilitate the smooth operation of the plant growth facilities.

Space Allocation and Usage Charges

  • Space requests must be submitted to greenhouse management prior to the beginning of each of three academic periods (Spring, Summer, Fall). All requests for space must be accompanied by a completed Space Request Form. Request forms are available online to all members of the University community.(

    1. Space will be assigned on a first-come first-serve basis by the greenhouse manager based on availability when request is submitted.
    2. Rental space must be rented at a minimum of one complete bench and for a minimum of a full month.
    3. If there are extenuating circumstances, such as construction or other special needs for the greenhouse section in which the researcher/user will be working, additional advance notice may be needed. However, no permanent modification to the greenhouse structures will be permitted without prior approval.
    4. Hazards associated with the project must be disclosed at the time that the request is made.

Space Charges for University researchers are as follows:

  • $ 130 per month for each full 750 sq. ft. zone with 431 sq. ft. of bench surface
    1. 4 rolling benches at $25 per bench per month
    2. 2 fixed benches at $15 per bench per month
  • $ 230 per month for each 1500 sq. ft. zone with 882 sq. ft. of bench surface
    1. 8 rolling benches at $25 per bench per month
    2. 2 fixed benches at $15 per bench per month
  • $ 455 per month for the 3000 sq. ft. zone with 2033 sq. ft. of bench surface
    1. 17 rolling benches at $25 per bench per month
    2. 2 fixed benches at $15 per bench per month
    3. Charges for usage by University community members outside of academic units have been set at $0.60 per square foot of bench space per month.
      1. $260 per month for each 750 sq. ft. zone.
      2. $540 per month for each 1500 sq. ft. zone.
      3. $1,080 per month for each 3000 sq. ft. zone.

Facility Access

  • For liability and safety purposes, access to the greenhouse facility is restricted to the hours between 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.
    1. University of Maryland community members conducting research can obtain access at other hours using University of Maryland ID Card Access by contacting the Plant Science and Landscape Architecture business office (PLS 2121, 301-405-8511) or the Greenhouse Manager (Sydney Wallace, 301-405-4375,
    2. Undergraduate Students can obtain card access if they are employed by the greenhouse or a faculty member conducting research, but must only be in the greenhouse after regular hours under the supervision of a member of the greenhouse staff or the faculty member they are employed by.

Facilities Maintenance

  • The greenhouse staffwill be responsible for:
    1. Maintenance of all plant materialin the greenhouse, ground beds and shade house as specified in the project work sheet including:
      • Daily (7 days per week) watering schedules,
      • Fertilization,
      • Insect and disease scouting, and
      • Pesticide and beneficial insect applications
    2. Monitoring, maintenance and purchaseof all equipment needed to operate the greenhouse and growth chambers including:
      • All Priva settings for temperature, ventilation, humidity, supplemental light and irrigation schedules.
        Users should not make any changes to environmental settings or programs without approval of the Facilities or Greenhouse Manager.
      • All equipment needed for heating, cooling, fog and mist, irrigation and fertigation, and automated shade and blackout cloth
      • Environmental data logging will be provided upon request if the request is made at the time that the space request is submitted.
    3. Maintenance and purchase of specific expendable supplies, such as pots, trays, and soil mixes. Non-standard supplies can be obtained through greenhouse staff at a charge to your University account.
    4. Trash removal from trash cans into dumpsters.

User Responsibilities

  1. Requests for space and establishment of conditions for growing conditions as specified on the space request form.
  2. Provision of all plant material needed for experiments.
  3. Potting and repotting of plants, including rooting of cuttings and sowing of seed. The greenhouse staff may assist with potting tasks, if notified in advance and personnel are available.
  4. Arrangements for storage of chemicals or hazardous materials used for experiments. All chemicals must be labeled, have MSDS sheets and be stored by law in chemical and pesticide storage sheds outside the greenhouse. Chemicals found to be inappropriately labeled will be disposed of through the Department of Environmental Safety. The facility and/or greenhouse manager must be advised in advance of the chemicals being brought into the facility. The user is responsible for arranging storage and removal of all chemicals brought on the site.
  5. Clean up of all common areas, especially potting benches and areas around the benches, as well as removal of any debris in zones.
  6. Emptying trash into trash receptacles located at trashcan stations in the headhouse. No trash or any other material is to be left in the corridors between zones. Large or heavy loads of soil media, pots, or trash should be removed by users from the greenhouse sections and transferred directly to outside trash and recycling dumpsters or into the soil composting pile. Smaller (yellow and blue) cans are to be used for plant debris and general trash and will be emptied periodically by the greenhouse staff.
  7. Maintenance of any temporarily installed equipment in zones
  8. Removal of any research material, including plants, no longer being used for experiments
  9. Arrangements for temporary establishment of storage areas for personal equipment. No material should be stored in greenhouse zones or growth chambers.
  10. Arrangements for after-hours, weekend and holiday access to greenhouse
  11. Scheduling of uses of common areas such as the conference room, potting room and benches, cold rooms, labs, etc.
  12. Coordination of deliveries made to the greenhouse complex with the greenhouse manager. All deliveries must be scheduled in advance and offloading of deliveries made to individual users is the responsibility of the user. Deliveries must be scheduled during regular business hours (8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday).

Greenhouse Manager

Sydney Wallace
1110 Research Plant Growth Facility
Phone: 301-405-4375
Fax: 301-314-9049

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