Wheeler-Thanhauser Orchid Collection and Species Bank

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Wheeler-Thanhauser Orchid Collection and Species Bank
Type Botanical garden
Location Christy Woods, Ball State University
Nearest city Muncie, Indiana
Coordinates 40°11′56.08″N 85°24′52.39″W / 40.1989111°N 85.4145528°W / 40.1989111; -85.4145528
Area 3,600 square feet
Operated by Ball State University
Status Open

The Wheeler-Thanhauser Orchid Collection and Species Bank is located within Christy Woods, an 18-acre (73,000 m²) property located on the southwest corner of the Ball State University campus in Muncie, Indiana, United States. The orchid collection is the largest college maintained collection in the United States.[1]


In 2014, the orchid greenhouse re-opened after a $1.35 million renovation. Over 300 volunteers helped with the renovations. The renovations were funded by Joe Rinard. The greenhouse is named after Rinard and his wife, Alice.[1]

Garden and seed bank[edit]

The greenhouse has the orchid garden and seed bank. It is 3,600 square feet in size.[1] The greenhouse and seed bank hold over 1,800 species of plants.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Hovorka, Alan. "Ball State dedicates new greenhouse". Ball State Daily. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Kinsey, Michelle. "In full bloom: New orchid greenhouse opens at Ball State". The Star Press. Retrieved 5 April 2015. (subscription required)

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Coordinates: 40°11′59″N 85°24′57″W / 40.1996°N 85.4159°W / 40.1996; -85.4159