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
Adult Class: Succulent Bowl Design
Plant your own personal arrangement of succulents in a stylish terra-cotta bowl.
Adult Class: Evergreen Wreath Making
Using a mix of fresh, fragrant greens, make your own evergreen wreath in this get-your-hands-dirty workshop.
Adult Class: Evergreen Kissing Ball
Traditionally hung in a doorway, an evergreen kissing ball bestows good wishes on those who pass by.
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.
Member Only Talk: Ian Wilhite
join Newfields’ own plant specialist Ian Wilhite for a special presentation on the Orchids exhibition in DeBoest Lecture Hall.