As part of the Oldfields estate, the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse originally provided plants and produce to the residents. The first glasshouses were built in the 1920s and the present structures were constructed in the late 1940s. Fully renovated, the Greenhouse is open year-round; visitors may explore while learning from the knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Workshops, special exhibitions, and horticultural programming is available throughout the year.
Featured EventsElder Greenhouse
Experience bold, beautiful color in the gray of winter with Orchids at Newfields.
Adult Class: Orchid Basics
Newfields’ own plant specialist Ian Wilhite will guide you through the basics of orchid care.
Artful Living Series
Join Ian Wilhite, Newfields’ gregarious orchid expert, for an “insider’s look” at the secrets of orchids, brought to you by the Alliance.
Adult Class: Orchid Terrariums
Join Greenhouse Specialist Ian Wilhite as he guides you in making your very own micro-orchid habitat in glass.
Adult Class: Advanced Orchid Care
A new class for people ready to meet the challenge in orchid growing with fabulous spray orchids.
Adult Class: Kokedama Bonsai with Orchid
Newfields’ Lyss Woods shows you how to create this exquisite construction with a small blooming orchid.
Book Club: The Orchid Shroud
Fall into a mesmerizing world of wild orchids and a chilling murder with Michelle Wan’s The Orchid Shroud.
Imagine an idyllic, pastoral campus carpeted with over 500,000 blooms.
Member Only Talk: Ian Wilhite
join Newfields’ own plant specialist Ian Wilhite for a special presentation on the Orchids exhibition in DeBoest Lecture Hall.