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.


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Phase 1A | Education Leads the Way

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$4,700,000 raised toward $6,400,000 goal

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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, 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 spring of 2019.

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Phase 1B | The Garden Expansion

Future Phase


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.

Phase 1C | Welcome

Future Phase


The Visitor Center, the Edible Garden and the Water Filtration Garden are the primary features planned for Phase 1C.

Phase 2 | The Garden Grows

Future Phase

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.

Phase 3 | Tropical Conservatory

Future Phase

The final phase of our Master Plan will create the garden’s Tropical Conservatory – what will surely become the crown jewel of the future gardens.