We are committed to a strategy of engagement and education in everything we do. The current inventory of available classroom spaces – Weisz Learning Center, Archer House, Whiteman Conference Room, Webster Auditorium, Chase Volunteer Headquarters in Marley Education and Volunteer Building and Dorrance Hall – are used to the maximum for classes, public programs and outside groups. The Garden receives many more requests annually from schools and community groups than we are able to fill. Likewise, school field trips, adult docent tours and visitors crowd the Garden trails during peak hours and seasons.
The Garden’s leadership has made a strategic decision not to include a new education building in our plans for 2012-17, instead choosing to weave teaching and learning spaces—such as classrooms and demonstration areas—into every new project we build. As described in the sections that follow, space for educational programming will be an integral component of each project.