HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Monday, the Huntsville Botanical Garden will announce a major expansion to its grounds to better serve the needs of the community and its members. Construction on the $12 million expansion will begin in January 2016 and it is scheduled to be complete by Spring 2017.
The expansion will add several new buildings to the Garden grounds, including a new welcome center, a Carriage House with a kitchen garden for cooking and entertaining, and a new cafe and gift shop. There will also be a conservatory, a new Grand Hall for large seated dinners or corporate functions and new space for weddings. None of the current structures will be lost.
Paula Steigerwald, the Garden's President and CEO, is excited about the new venture and said this will help her team achieve several goals:
- Improve the sense of arrival
- Personalize the visit at admission
- Increase attendance
- Offer special venues for special times
- Fill a community need of 350 for a seated dinner
- A new bridal suite for weddings, including a bride's room and groom's room
- Corporate events with options for breakout rooms
- Additional informal seating/entertaining space for about 150 in the Carriage House
- Improve technology
- Enhance the existing gardens
- Additional offices
The Garden has approximately 7,500 members and annual attendance of more than 236,000. There are nearly 2,000 volunteers who help share the Garden's message of education and community.
The Garden is also debt-free. It was named in the Top 10 Best Botanical Gardens for Families 2015 as well as Southeast Tourism Inaugural Champion 2015.
Steigerwald said the Garden has raised $8 million of the $12 million needed for the expansion. She said all gifts to the Capital Campaign are appreciated, no matter how big or small. If you would like more information on how you can become involved or would like to support this project, please contact the Advancement Office at (256) 830-4447 ext. 242.
Turner Construction’s Huntsville office has been selected as the builder.