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Next for conservatory: garden ‘campus’

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The Dispatch wrote Next for conservatory: garden ‘campus’

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

BY TIM FERAN

The Franklin Park Conservatory will break ground today on a community-garden “campus” — the second major project in the first phase of the venue’s $75 million expansion plan.

Developed with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the 4-acre attraction will occupy the southeast corner of Franklin Park.

When it opens in the summer of 2009, the $4 million campus will serve as headquarters for the nonprofit American Community Gardening Association, which has promoted civic gardening for almost 30 years.

The campus focal point will be the restored caretaker’s house, to be called the Community Garden Center. The two-story Tudor-style home was built in the early 1900s for the first Columbus superintendent of parks, James Underwood.

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