Flowers will bloom at the new Horticulture Education Center.

Construction will soon start on this new education center at the OSU botanic garden after a recent groundbreaking event. The facility, located near the south entrance to the garden, will be used by students, faculty, staff and the community for formal and informal learning.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held March 30. The building is estimated to be done by the end of 2023, and the 2,100-square-foot facility will have a large classroom, office space and restrooms.

Lou Anella is the director of The Botanic Garden at OSU and said funding for the $1.725 million building comes from a multitude of sources, including the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), OSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and private donors. Additionally, Stillwater’s Wondertorium board donated funds to the cause.

“This new building is so important for programming, not only for our students but our community as well,” Anella said. “We have 21 different college classes that use the garden for educational purposes, and when they need to do something out there, the weather always is a challenge. This new building provides more opportunities for students to utilize The Botanic Garden at OSU to enhance their education.”

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