Glass House Restoration

“The glass house is a working greenhouse. [But] there’s a level of romance there; you’d have to be blind not to see it or feel it. It’s truly one of my favourite spots on campus, whether it’s first thing in the morning or late in the day. I love feeling like I’m in history.” – RRU Supervisor of Gardens and Grounds

Remarkably, this impressive Edwardian structure is the only building on RRU’s campus still used for its original purpose. Situated within the Farm at RRU, it has been nurturing seedlings and propagating plants – from the commonplace to exotic – for over 100 years. With donor support, we envision a future where this unique heritage structure will propagate more than seedlings, becoming a “living lab” – a vibrant hub for teaching, learning and research at Royal Roads.

Planned restorations include upgrades to wood framing and the replacement of failing glass and seals, with an eye to improve accessibility for all visitors.

The century-old “glass house” at Royal Roads remains a vital asset on campus

A Vision in Bloom: restoring the historic glass greenhouse on RRU grounds

Growing and giving: Royal Roads’ kitchen garden to produce food

RRU’s kitchen garden is the lynchpin of Vision in Bloom, a campaign to restore the university’s historic gardens and grounds.
Front of the Glasshouse

Preserving history in Royal Roads’ ‘Glass House’

The only building on the Royal Roads campus still used for its original purpose, the Glass House within the Walled Garden has nurtured seedlings for over 100 years. With donor support, this unique heritage structure will serve as a dynamic hub of teaching, learning and research well into the future.