Completing the Expansion
The final projects of the $40 million GROW campaign tie the new acreage to the existing Garden and add significant opportunities for revenue growth, a critical step toward the Garden’s long-term future. The new Education and Event Center will provide a large indoor space that opens the door to a wealth of new opportunities. The Carriage House expands into a destination restaurant – adding to the reputation of the Garden as a place to return to again and again. Additionally, a new Administration Building situated near the greenhouse complex enables the Garden to grow its human resources.
Education and Event Center
With nearly 9,000 square feet of convening space, the multi-purpose Education and Event Center will expand our education and hospitality efforts. The Center underscores the Garden’s commitment to education, science, horticulture, community, culture, recreation, and conservation, and has been carefully planned to maximize the Garden’s impact to the community. Learning opportunities in the Center will encourage Garden visitors to expand their knowledge of the importance of plants. Speakers, seminars, and displays will allow visitors build upon their knowledge of the environment.
Memories are for the making at the new Education and Event Center. Revenue opportunities from space rentals will support the Garden’s growth well into the future. Fine arts performances, weddings, receptions, corporate events – all will take place in all kinds of weather with the beauty of the Garden as the backdrop. Our increased ability to offer the Garden as a rental venue of choice means greater income and exposure.
The Event Lawn will be a green space for performing arts, exhibits, picnics and special events. An oval pathway will frame the lawn making connections to new and existing garden destinations including the Education and Event Center to the west, the Sensory Garden and Kumamoto En Japanese Garden to the south, a new trailhead to the northeast and the iconic Wisteria Arbor to the north. To the east, the John L. Santikos Fountain of the Ferns will help cool the area while adding the gentle sounds of cascading water to the area.
The fountain will become the backdrop to the lawn and will be visible from the Education and Event Center in the west. Movable furniture will accent the green, providing flexibility for visitors looking to relax under the shade of the existing mature oaks.
With the Garden’s vision for growth and future sustainability, the new Administration Building will feature private and open offices, a conference room, lobby and administrative area.
The building will be located on a currently undeveloped piece of land northwest of the Sullivan Carriage House. It will be sited amongst a generous line of landscape so that the more historic building will be a featured view for visitors. A meandering garden-like path will lead visitors from the current entry plaza to the new facility. Material choice and architectural details will combine to create a building that highlights the richness of the landscape in the forefront.
The building will house programming and other departments that are fostering the Garden’s growing capacity to serve the community. Volunteers and staff members will appreciate greater efficiency with resources and coworkers centrally located.