LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Construction is well underway at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens, a project that’s been in the works for many years.
“This is the Graeser Family Education Center, sponsored by the Graeser family here in Louisville," Kasey Maier, Waterfront Botanical Gardens President said. "It will be the first building on the site. It’s also our biggest event space.”
Maier said a Botanical Garden is important for the community in more ways than one.
“It’s about environmental and plant education.” Maier said. “It’s also a cultural asset for Louisville, clearly. We will have events here. A venue for concerts, art shows and performance art and all those kinds of things.”
Hundreds of trees have already been planted, but that's only the beginning of this future green space.
"What we'll start planting in June are trees, shrubs and plants. I think we've got about 15,000 plants in growth motion at the moment," Maier said.
Phase one of the project is expected to be completed this fall with a ribbon-cutting planned for October 4.
The attention will then turn to Phase two. It will consist of the visitor center, children’s garden and a planted trellis.
“It’s a pretty complicated building, but very beautiful," Maier said. "It will have a green roof. So, it will have grass growing on the roof. You can walk up onto the sloped roof and see downtown and the bridges and the river.”
Phase two is expected to begin within the next couple of years.