The Graeser Family Education Center is the first completed building on the site, and opened in October 2019.

This early phase also includes the educational gardens around the building, the Evergreen Tapestry, a pollinator meadow, and certain pieces of the Gardens’ infrastructure.

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The Graeser Family Education Center

The Graeser Family Education Center

This education center will be the heart of educational programming at the Gardens. 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.

The space will also be available to rent for weddings and other gatherings, helping generate revenue. In terms of size, there is enough room for 250 people seated at round tables of 10 seats each.

The building is designed to achieve high levels of environmentally friendly performance. We are working to find ways to minimize our energy and water footprints, including designs to maximize the use of natural light, geothermal heating and cooling, and living systems that will process our wastewater.

Founders’ Garden

Founders’ Garden

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 façade, marking the northern entrance to Frankfort Avenue.

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Phase 1 Fundraising Progress

$16,000,000 raised

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