The Ira Nelson Horticulture Center is an instructional laboratory facility of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette designed to educate students and the community about the world of horticulture. The focus of the center is education, research, demonstration, and community service.
The center is operated under the School of Geosciences and
is utilized by its students and faculty. The center encourages
a hands-on approach to teaching using laboratory exercises,
student projects, and research to meet this goal.
The center consists of classrooms, laboratories, offices, workshop, herbarium, greenhouses, and shadehouses. The herbarium contains dried, pressed specimens of numerous plants grown as ornamentals in Louisiana. The greenhouses, which total 17,000 sq.ft. under glass, contain several extensive plant collections of lush tropical foliage and flowering plants from around the world. The grounds surrounding the center serve as a living laboratory where many species of native and introduced trees and shrubs can be observed and studied. Also found on the grounds are numerous display, demonstration and trials beds.