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Fernwood To Open New Education Center

Meg Paulette
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve


Fernwood Botanical Gardens in Buchanan is set to cut the ribbon on a new education center this weekend.

The Sims Education Center is the first new building at Fernwood in 35 years.

Construction is just finishing up on the space which features two identical wings that include a library and classroom space, a living roof, tech wall, and design touches to bring the outside in.

Executive Director Carol Line says the space will be used to host school groups, summer camps and other larger gatherings.

“This will be a space that will allow us to double the programming and also to do other things that come our way in the way of symposia, business retreats, rentals of all sorts including wedding receptions when we’re not otherwise educating, but of course it’s education first.”

The grand opening is Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to the public.