Skardon Garden houses the University’s glasshouse facilities.
Situated a few minutes walk north of the main
city-centre campus, it comprises three Tomtech computerised glasshouses and various outside plots.
This is where the plants are grown for laboratory practicals and both undergraduate and postgraduate research studies. The glasshouses are home to a collection of tropical plant species that are used to aid teaching of biodiversity, evolution and adaptation in the plant kingdom. These include carnivorous plants such as pitcher plants and the Venus flytrap and epiphytes species such as bromeliads, orchids and the infamous Monstera sp. or ‘Cheese plant’ and various ‘air plants’ (Tilandsia spp.).