The Future Of Greenhouse Structures

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The iconic image of our industry — the greenhouse itself — is changing. What it is and where you’ll find it may be very different by 2043.

Stop and think about all of the advances in greenhouse technology in the last three decades. Today’s structures would certainly be recognizable as a greenhouse to yesterday’s growers. But capabilities of these facilities to efficiently produce high-quality plants are a world away from many of those older structures. The pace of those changes will increase in the next 30 years.

We’re not predicting the end of the Quonset or big gutter-connect ranges. We do, however, believe you will see a dramatic change in the ways some traditional structures work, where greenhouses are built, or even what is considered a “greenhouse” in the future.

Laura Drotleff is editor of Greenhouse Grower. Richard Jones is the group editor for Greenhouse Grower and Today's Garden Center magazines.
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