Charles Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse


The 11,660-square-foot greenhouse was built on a six-acre plot located at the intersection of Bertling and Old Sprigg streets. The new greenhouse is double the size of the former one off New Madrid west of the Student Recreation Center.

The new state-of-the-art greenhouse facility gives students experience by being involved from planting to sales. The complex also features an 1,800-square-foot head house or work facility, which is used as a preparation area for mixing soil and sterilizing pots. The head house also serves as a retail operation and provides much-needed storage space. The greenhouse complex proper is a three bay greenhouse with one bay dedicated to research.

The second phase of the project, which could begin in two to three years, calls for building a classroom-laboratory building featuring a bio-tech lab where classes will be taught in a high-tech environment. In the future, there will be an arboretum, walkways and turf management facilities.

Tours, classes and contests that have been conducted in the past

  • Cape County Master Gardeners - Tours and Classes
  • Perry County Master Gardeners - Tours and Classes
  • Girl Scouts -Tours and Classes
  • Boy Scouts - Tours and Classes
  • Preschools - Tours and Classes
  • Alma Schrader Elementary School -Seeding Classes
  • Franklin Elementary School - Tours and Classes
  • Chateau Girardeau - Tours and Classes
  • Area Churches - Tours 
  • Garden Clubs of Southeast Missouri - Tours and Classes

Other activities done by the greenhouse

  • Southeast Missouri State University = Campus Watering Accounts 15 at this time
  • Southeast Missouri State University = Events we decorate for each year 200+
  • Area Churches - Grow Poinsettias and Easter Lilies specifically for their use
  • FFA CDE Contest - Floriculture and Nursery Landscape Contest


Rhodes Hall 102
Department of Agriculture
One University Plaza, MS 6100
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701