Master Gardener Tips April 30, 2024


By Kirstee Schutte, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener

We know that the first greenhouse was built in Rome in 30 A.D. but when were they introduced in the United States? 

In 1737, Andrew Faneuil, a Boston merchant, is credited as the builder of the first American greenhouse. The glass house was primarily used to grow fruit and was considered a luxury of the wealthy. George Washington even had a greenhouse built at his Mt. Vernon home so he could serve pineapple to guests.