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Dickinson Family Education Conservatory
Come Grow with Us!



Dickinson Family Education Conservatory
Ari Novy, PhD, President & CEO, with Julian Duval, President Emeritus & Design and Horticulture Consultant

October Update

Construction on our new Dickinson Family Education Conservatory continues to move right along! We can’t wait to share this incredible new venue, meeting space and visitor experience hopefully by early 2019.

Here’s what’s happened at the Conservatory over the past month:
• Cabinets installed
• Doors have been installed and painted
• Restroom partitions installed
• Interior light fixture installation has started
• Plumbing fixture installation has begun
• Ceiling speakers are installed
• Greenwall substructure continues
• Fire sprinkler trim installed
• HVAC units and trim installed
• Site concrete continues
• Irrigation mainlines and valves installed
• Site planting has started
• Site painting of existing light poles completed

Once completed, the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory, will be a 30’ high, glass enclosed structure totaling 8,232 sq. ft. Inside will be a 5,292 sq. ft. multi-purpose area consisting of plant displays, hanging plant chandeliers, and floating plant islands, and a 15’ Living Wall. Also inside is another 3,291 sq. ft. space housing class rooms and meeting rooms, with a catering kitchen, an office, large restroom facilities, a janitor’s room, table and chair storage and equipment rooms.      


A New Community Hub
for Learning and Growing Together

The Dickinson Conservatory will:

  • Dramatically increase our outreach to a wide variety of visitors – from early childhood and school-aged children to college students, adults and seniors

  • Display exotic botanical wonders not typically found in the Garden that will thrive in a stunning glass conservatory environment

  • Serve our educational mission to the fullest by:

    • Offering classes and experiences that connect visitors with the natural world around them in a meaningful way

    • Teaching children where their food comes from, coupled with hands-on food preparation, to foster healthy eating habits

    • Developing experiential learning programs centered around agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, science and sustainability

    • Building community by fostering collaboration with the Encinitas Union School District and other local organizations

  • Provide a beautiful and practical setting for farm-to-table demonstrations, summer camps, traveling art and horticultural exhibits, wedding receptions and more

  • Improve our financial stability by generating revenue through rentals to organizations and individuals for a wide variety of memorable occasions

The Education & Events Pavilion

The Dickinson Family Education Conservatory will be a magnificent 8,232 sq. ft. facility, set in the nationally-acclaimed Hamilton Children’s Garden, designed to:

Grow Education –
Sharing knowledge and experiences of the natural world

Grow Engagement –
Connecting our community members with nature

Grow Conservation –
Building stewardship and respect for the environment

The Education & Events Pavilion

The Dickinson Conservatory will consist of:

  • A multi-purpose Main Hall:
    • Featuring tropical “chandeliers” of plants that can be raised to form a
      canopy or lowered for eye-level viewing
    • Elegant glass and metal design
    • Complete with state-of-the-art audio/video equipment

  • A demonstration and catering Kitchen:
    • Accommodating caterers for meetings and events
    • Hosting cooking classes and farm-to-table events

  • An outdoor Amphitheater:
    • With seating for 265 guests
    • Complete with a stage and outdoor lighting
    • Set in the beautiful Hamilton Children’s Garden

The Education & Events PavilionTo find out how you can help make the
Dickinson Family Education Conservatory a reality, please contact:

James Farley
Campaign Chairman Jim@leichtag.org
760/ 431-7949
Julian Duval
President Emeritus & Design and Horticulture

760/ 436-3036 x210
Carolyn Zollars
Director of Development
760/ 436-3036 x216

The Education & Events Pavilion