The Master Plan
During 2014, Botanica and the Perkins+Will team created the conceptual design of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens. The team studied the site in detail, worked to understand how our site relates to adjacent neighborhoods and listened to Botanica members and community stakeholders to understand what we hope the gardens will be – all to ensure the best possible Master Plan.
$4,200,000 raised toward $4,200,000 goal
We’ve selected the Education Pavilion to be our first building on the garden site. This early phase will also include the educational gardens around the Pavilion, the Evergreen Tapestry and certain pieces of the garden’s infrastructure. That approach will enable us to make smart, early investments and establish the first piece of the garden in a relatively short time.
We expect to be busy with design and engineering work during 2016. If we are able to meet our fundraising goals by the end of 2016, we can begin construction in 2017, with a planned opening in spring of 2018.
FUNDING STARTS JUNE 2017
The planned focus of Phase 1B is an expansion that will include the Beargrass Creek Overlook, the Woodland Garden along the creek, the Entry Garden along Frankfort Avenue and the promenade’s Tree Allee and Trellis.
The second major phase of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens includes the remaining major outdoor garden areas. In addition to the Children’s Garden and the Planted Trellis, this phase will also create the Palisades Garden, Japanese Garden, Secret Garden, Medicinal Garden, Sensory Garden, and the Garden Galleries.