The Herbarium is named for botanist Fay A. MacFadden, who sold her extensive collection of plants to the university just prior to her death in 1964. Specimens are continually added to the collection, which number over 25,000 vascular plants, about 12,000 bryophytes, and nearly 800 lichen specimens. The plants are used as research and teaching tools by our faculty, staff, students, and other researchers. Efforts are underway to place our specimen inventory into a searchable database.
The Biology Greenhouse Complex (BGC) provides space and facilities to teach labs and conduct research. Hidden behind a perimeter of brick wall and unknown to many non-biology students, the complex includes four glass houses, a lath house, a head house, and a large outdoor area. It also houses a diverse collection of plants for use in the biology lectures and labs.