Written by Auriane Koster, Ph. D., Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Manager, Laurel Kruke, and I were fortunate enough this week to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Hazel Hare Center for Plant Science at the Desert Botanical Garden. The tour provided us an in-depth look at the Garden's horticultural practices, including where the horticulture staff, researchers, and volunteers grow, study, and take care of plants. The Center is home to many wonderful features, including:
- Greenhouses – all three are automated and environmentally controlled;
- Marley Horticulture Learning Lab – an indoor/outdoor learning space, which will support new experiential learning opportunities (kid-friendly field trips?!);
- Cohn Ironwood Courtyard – a lovely outdoor space for staff and volunteers;
- Ottosen Great Wall – a beautiful wall separating the public from the Center made of boulders from throughout the state; and
- Sustainability initiatives – includes passive solar, reused materials, and efficient watering.
Rather than go on-and-on about all the cool stuff we saw on the tour, I figured I would show you! Below you can find pictures from the tour along with relevant captions.