Beginning January 2, our Visitor’s Center, Greenhouse, and its surrounding original gardens will be closed. This closure will ensure safety and security of our site, staff, and project team. Construction is expected to last 8-9 months, pending weather and other unknowns. The Gardens’ closure is anticipated to be January 2, 2019 through grand opening in fall 2019.
Visitor's Center Completion
The Visitor’s Center currently contains a production greenhouse, Evelyn Clark Classroom, a lobby, and offices. The envisioned building contains a conservatory, large community meeting room, new entryway with gift shop, café concessions, and additional office space. These additions double the square footage of the facility.
Conservatory Butterfly House
The heart of our expansion is a 1,500 square foot glass house with a meandering pathway and two primary gathering spaces. The future home to hundreds of native butterflies, the Conservatory will offer educational opportunities for all ages. To support the expanded butterfly and horticulture needs of the Conservatory Butterfly House, a new mechanical room and chrysalis room with be constructed. The chrysalis room will have a window so guests can watch butterflies emerge from cocoons.
New Entrance and Lobby
Our main entrance will become one single entry, and the new lobby will welcome every guest to the Gardens. The reception desk area will expand to four stations. A new expanded gift shop will offer garden based wares and souvenirs. The new Visitor's Center will connect to the stand-alone bathroom building - bringing the current restrooms under one roof. A new family restroom will also be added.
Community Meeting Room
A new conference room will allow us to host lecture classes and offers the community another meeting space at The Gardens. Its will also serve as a green room for guest performers and a bridal party room for weddings.
A small concession cafe will round out the new lobby area. Although not equipped for full meals, the cafe offers snacks and beverages to our guests.
Our project is striving for LEED Gold.
Once complete, the future Visitor's Center will serve up to 125,000 annual visitors with an inviting, educational, and more efficient space. We anticipate breaking ground in January 2019.