Conservatory at Birmingham Botanical Gardens reopening Monday

Birmingham Botanical Gardens (Wikimedia Commons)
Birmingham Botanical Gardens (Wikimedia Commons)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – For the first time since April 2011, the Conservatory at Birmingham Botanical Gardens will be opening its doors to the public on Monday, February 24th.

Originally opening in December 1963, renovations were planned to preserve the half century old landmark in 2013. “Phase 1” of the renovation began in May. The phase included stripping the old glass,  cleaning the structure, upgrading base electrical distribution, automating ventilation sashes, repairing interior partition walls, replacing doors, remediating asbestos and lead, re-glazing with safety glass, restoring the original entrance appearance and installing an internal mylar shade blanket and insulation system. The Conservatory will again be used as a classroom for Discovery Field Trips, one of the Botanical Gardens’ programs. In total, Phase 1 renovations cost $1.3 million raised mainly through donations.

A formal grand opening will be coming this Spring.

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