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How to Find a Commercial Greenhouse for Rent

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Greenhouses provide an ideal place to start or grow plants, whether you are a professional horticulturist or a novice home gardener. If you don't have enough room on your property to set up your own greenhouse, you might be able to rent space from a commercial greenhouse. Finding one involves research and persistence.

Contact local environmental nonprofits or community gardens. Community gardens typically have a few staff members that may know of commercial greenhouses in your area; large community gardens may even have their own greenhouse you can rent. Environmental nonprofits that focus on gardening, farming and ecology may also have a list of greenhouse owners for you to contact. Follow up with any recommendations you receive, indicating what you are looking for and that you are willing to discuss rates.

Place a want ad on the Greenhouse Industry Classified Listings. (See Resource section.) List how much space you want, where you are located and the best way to contact you. Review listings of space for rent and contact anyone who has space for rent near you.

Contact local plant nurseries. Ask someone at the nursery whether you can rent space from them or whether they know of anyone with a greenhouse for rent. Make any follow-up phone calls with leads that the nursery worker gives you. If the nursery is open to renting space, ask to see the greenhouse.

Check with local farmers in your community. Depending on the time of year, these farms may have greenhouses that aren't being used for plants. If you are willing to pay for the space and the utilities, you may be able to rent out the farm's greenhouse for several months.

Contact universities and colleges with large biology departments. Some colleges have greenhouses on site and rent space to faculty members or graduate students. Ask a professor in biology or horticulture whether the school rents greenhouse space to local residents. If so, discuss who you should follow up with and contact that individual.

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