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Project: White Oak Garden Center

The unveiling of the new White Oak Garden Center was a celebratory event for everyone involved. This project has a been at least 10 years in the making, and a dream of owner Jeff Webeler’s for more than 25 years. Jeff began working at White Oak in 1978 and bought the business a few years […]

Celebrating 85 Years!

2017 marks the 85th anniversary of Rough Brothers, Inc. Rough Brothers, Inc. was founded in 1932 as a maintenance and repair facility for greenhouses which were made out of redwood at the time. Over the last 85 years, RBI evolved from a small workshop with a handful of employees to become the largest commercial greenhouse […]

Greenhouse Geek-Rob Tanzer

The Institutional Greenhouse and Conservatory Restoration & Renovation group at Rough Brothers has been headed up by Rob Tanzer for eight years. Having graduated from Virginia Tech University with a BS in Plant Biology and Botany, Rob brings a substantial amount of horticultural and botanical knowledge and experience. Robs hands-on experience with greenhouses during his […]

Rough Brothers Takes A Hands-On Approach To Several Projects

One of Rough Brothers’ favorite projects last year was a greenhouse expansion for Altman Plants at its new Giddings, Texas operation. According to Gary Baze of Rough Brothers, “It was a challenge adapting 18 acres’ worth of structure onto a single plot of land, complete with pond, elevation issues and water drainage concerns, all the […]

Rick Siebenburgen retires from RBI after 44 years

After more than 44 years with Rough Brothers, Shipping Manager Rick Siebenburgen is retiring. The date we have feared, yet anticipated for years, is December 24, 2014. Rick joined the company in June 1970 when he was only 17 years old. Rick started his extensive career with Rough Brothers right after finishing High School. He […]

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Research Greenhouse Overview Phase 2 greenhouse complex is approximately 255′-8″ wide x 68’-0″ long consisting of (9) 25’ w x 68’ greenhouses with (1) 25’ x 40’ connecting bldg. and (1) 5’ x 12’ connector link. Greenhouses are aluminum, ground level, multi zo ne, gutter connected, A-frame truss. Gutter post top heights are 12’ and […]

Greenhouse Research Facility -The University of Nevada

Rough Brothers recently completed the new 17,280 sq.ft. University of Nevada,  Reno, Greenhouse Research Facility located in Reno, Nevada.  This state of the art  (24) zone greenhouse facility recently opened to provide both students and faculty with research and educational opportunities. Each greenhouse compartment is equipped with integrated environmental controls, cooling, ventilation, heating, shading and […]

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden – Harold C. Schott Education Center


The new Harold C. Schott Education Center will be a dynamic facility that integrates the excitement and wonder of exploring a rain forest habitat with  the creative approach to educating children and adults for which the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is nationally renowned. “This Center represents the mission of an institution dedicated to creating […]

Charley Creek Gardens & Conservatory

Charley Creek Gardens are approximately 6 1/2 acres located in the city of Wabash, Indiana complete with a Meadow of wild flowers and plants  native to Indiana, Hedge Maize, 30′-0″ tall 4-tiered Waterfall, Shade  Garden and Conservatory. The Conservatory is approximately 1,000 square feet and stands about 14′-6″ tall with a faceted end facing North […]

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Conservatory

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Conservatory, located in Buffalo, NY, is one of the oldest Victorian conservatories in America. Originally called the South Park Conservatory when opened in 1900, it was the third largest of all conservatories in the US and the ninth largest in the world. The conservatory’s tri-domed glass, wood and […]