Phase 1A | Education Leads the Way
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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The Graeser Family Education Center
This pavilion will be the heart of educational programming at the garden. The building will include a large, flexible space that can host a range of activities. It will support hands-on programs for schoolchildren and workshops and speakers for adults. It will welcome guests for events such as our annual meeting, fundraisers, and flower shows hosted by local garden clubs.
We’ll also make the space available to rent for weddings and other gatherings, helping generate revenue. In terms of size, we are currently planning on enough space for 250 people seated at round tables of 10 seats each.
The building will be designed to achieve the highest levels of environmentally friendly performance. We are working to find ways to minimize our energy and water footprints. They include designs to maximize use of natural light, solar panels to generate energy, geothermal heating and cooling, and living systems that will process our wastewater.
Let’s not forget about the gardens. Just outside the pavilion is a collection of educational gardens. They will include a wide range of plants and other features that directly support our program topics. Imagine attending a workshop about herbs or native plants or attracting pollinators, and just steps away, seeing the real specimens growing.
An unofficial part of Phase 1A, the Founders’ Garden has already been completed at the site of the future Waterfront Botanical Gardens, near Frankfort Avenue and River Road. The Founders’ Garden is situated around the base of the Heigold facade, marking the northern entrance to Frankfort Avenue.
$4,700,000 raised toward $6,400,000 goal
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