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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, observation tower, new entryway with gift shop, a small café, and additional office space. These additions will double the square footage of the facility.
The conservatory will feature year-round green space – something not found in northern Colorado. The conservatory will showcase plants that cannot be grown in Colorado, and expand the plant collection at our botanic garden. The conservatory will also offer educational components that will engage and inform our guests of all ages year-round. Throughout the winter, people come to visit our production greenhouse to simply smell the soil and plant life – it is alive! Having a year-round green space will expand this experience immensely and enhance our community’s quality of life.
Community Meeting Room
A large meeting room will allow for more lecture classes to happen simultaneously with hands-on classes in the Evelyn Clark Classroom. The meeting room will be much larger (and can be divided into two rooms), seat up to 100 and will be able to be rented to community groups for a modest fee.
Observation Tower and Café
An observation tower will sit atop a new café. The tower will give visitors a birds-eye view of the facility. The café is a must for visitors who want to expand their visit and fully engage with our gardens. With no restaurants nearby, the café will serve the needs of Spring Creek trail and Gardens visitors alike.
Visitor’s Center Lobby
A new visitor-friendly lobby will be integrated. It will enhance customer service for all visitors by engaging them in educational displays and allowing staff and volunteers to provide customized services. In addition, an expanded gift shop will offer a multitude of gardening resources and naturally inspired gift-items for visitors – especially tourists who are looking for a souvenir to take home from their trip to Fort Collins.