The Master Plan
In 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.
We’ve selected the Education Pavilion to be our first building on the garden site, to be named The Graeser Family Education Center. This early phase will also include the educational gardens around the pavilion, the Evergreen Tapestry, a pollinator meadow, 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.
Construction on this area will begin in September of 2017, with a planned opening in 2019.
Phase 1B features the expansion of the plaza and development of the Education Gardens surrounding the Graeser Family Education Center. The gardens will include: the Edible Gardens and Water Wall; Native Gardens; Pollinator Gardens; Bioponds and Water Filtration feature.
This phase will also include a beautiful fountain with flowers central to the plaza and in view of the education center.
Phase 2B of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens includes several remaining major outdoor garden areas. In addition to the Children’s Garden and the Planted Trellis, this phase will also create the Palisades Garden, Secret Garden, Sensory Garden, and more.