Going Green

As life has changed and people are more accustomed to spending time at home, gardening and growing your own food have exploded in popularity. Backyard greenhouses are springing up all across the country. Consider carving out your own green space.

By Melissa Mauzy


Glass House in the Garden By Flavin Architects, Peter White of ZEN Associates and Thoughtforms. The interior is divided in two with a finished sitting space in the front and a functioning greenhouse to the rear. The sitting space has a green roof of native grasses and overlooks a Japanese rock garden. A glass roof lets light into the rear greenhouse, and the gravel floor and teak benches lend this space, used for Bonsai cultivation, a naturalistic atmosphere.

A Quiet Moment By Surrounds Landscape Architecture + Construction. This multi-phased project began with a blank slate. Developed over many years, it has grown into an expression of the owner’s love of nature and intense curiosity about plants of all types—many of which he has collected in his greenhouse. He often goes out there to simply sit and enjoy a quiet moment while breathing the fresh, moist air. 

Dream Garden Spot By Berger Partnership and Architectural Glass/Greg Carman. An avid Northwest gardener commissioned the firms to renovate her back yard to support both her hobby and family gatherings. The bright and clean-lined, custom designed greenhouse provides space for cultivating her dream garden and starts for her raised beds while adding a touch of sunshine year-round.

Backyard Farm By B Jane Gardens. B. Jane Gardens in Austin, TX, designed and built this backyard farm space for homeowners looking to grow as much of their own food as possible. A working vegetable garden is fed by rainwater harvesting and composting; chickens and bees contribute to self-sufficiency, along with a greenhouse and productive pecan trees.

Nantucket in Nature By Sturdi-Built Greenhouse Mfg. This 10x14-foot Nantucket-style greenhouse with welcoming double doors is crafted from clear heart California redwood and installed on the customer’s 18” high masonry base wall. Sturdi-Built Greenhouse kits, available for view at sturdi-built.com. 

Growing a Greenhouse By Sego Design. This greenhouse sits on a six-acre estate with conservation land and trails. The project spanned nine years of phases including a native herbal meadow, terraced bluestone patio, sunken barn patio, the greenhouse, a maple sugaring shack, a multi-species orchard, bee habitat, lush front grass plantings, reconfigured driveway, cloister garden with pizza oven, raised reflecting pool, night lighting, and espaliered wisteria, trees, and vines.