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

Visitors Center

Visitors Center

Visitors to the garden will be greeted by its main building, the Visitors Center. As they pass through on their way to the gardens, they’ll find a restaurant and gift shop, meeting and event space and the administrative offices. The building will be designed to meet the highest level of LEED Platinum® sustainability.

The green roof will provide ample shade on the south and west sides, offering shelter to those coming and going from the gardens. To the east (on the gardens side), the roofline will begin at ground level and gently slope up to a rooftop terrace. The gently rising roofline and planted roof will allow visitors to ascend to the top of the structure, where they will be afforded spectacular views of downtown and the river.

Water Filtration Garden

Water Filtration Garden

Just outside the Visitors Center, guests will find the circular Water Filtration Garden. This feature will collect “gray water” from the building and use plants to clean the water as it passes from pool to pool. The clean water from that garden will flow down waterfalls through the Cascade Garden near the Visitors Center entrance.

Future Phase



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