Friday, February 11, 2011

Photohunters: Education

The first sign of the new visitor education center at the NC Botanical Garden, which is part of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, was basically a big mess.
Then I saw a literal sign showing what was being planned and built to house garden education classes, visitor information, etc.
That helped me, somewhat, to tolerate the mess that was a part of the garden for the years of construction on the new education building.
I always liked the Totten Center which is the old garden Education building but the new one is much larger.
The shot above and the two below are of the old education building at the garden (Totten Building).
Since the new Education Building has been completed, the Totten building is no longer opened for public use but is used for plant propagation and other purposes.
The rest of the shots are of the new Visitor and Education building at the garden. First are several shots I took a month before it was officially open.
This 29,656 square foot building has 3 sections connected by breezeways.
It has a number of green features including rainwater cisterns, geothermal wells, photovoltaic panels, storm water retention ponds, clerestory windows, and the site was selected for a variety of environmental reasons.
To learn more about the new Education Center you can click here. The rest of the shots were ones I took in the early spring of 2010 about six months after the education building opened.
I will be interested in seeing how far along they are in terms of the garden around the building by this summer.
Part of what I like about the original education building is how it was nestled into the garden but I realize that will happen over time with the new education building.
Click for the home of photohunters to see what others did for the education theme.


Sue said...

These are a great series of shots that demonstrate the evolution of this new education centre. Looks like a lovely place, and hopefully they'll have their garden ready for this new building this coming season. And you can share the pics with us :)

I am replaying a pic I already posted for another theme a few months ago. It worked for both so hopefully people won't mind seeing it again.

Happy photo hunting and weekend!

keeyit said...

If I go there, I can learn a lot of things le....

Nicole said...

I am sure it will be beautiful over time!

Anonymous said...

I would love to learn more about gardening too.

Happy weekend.

Annie said...

Nice photos and very interesting to see the progress. I'm looking forward to visiting those gardens in the spring.

I'm skipping PH this week - this theme stumped me! Have a good weekend.

Liz said...

Beautiful shots Carver! It sounds like an interesting place to visit.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Liz @ MLC

jams o donnell said...

An excellent choice for the theme. Like Sue I love how you have shown the evolution of this new facility

eastcoastlife said...

What a great place to go to for gardening courses! I would love to visit it and pick up some tips on gardening.

ancient one said...

Very educational blog today! Loved all your photos of the buildings.

YTSL said...

Looks like a really nice facility. Presume it's open to the public -- which is a cool thing indeed. Another cool thing: sounds like you live close by to a world class educational institution, Carver. :)

agreenearth said...

What a great place and concept.

Randi said...

Terrific captures that shows the evolution of the new modern building with many green features.
I wish you a happy weekend.

bing said...

looks like one great place to visit frequently.

ipanema said...

a very interesting turn out isn't it. would love to visit it one day. and you have great shots here Carver.
good take on the theme!

happy weekend! :)

Kate said...

My son's OBSESSED with construction. He loved your photos!!

Eden said...

That would be a great resource for the community! Great take on the theme!

Mine is up, right here -

Marta said...

Interesting post. I love how you educated us in the construction also. My husband is a garden and we really need to get to your region some day both to see this garden but also Plants Delight nursery.

EG CameraGirl said...

The whole complex will be great to visit when it's finished!

LivingforGod said...

It looks like a great place to visit :). Nice photos.

My photo hunt is up at .

Anonymous said...

Many people will be able to get a great eductaion there - great choice for this week's theme.