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Dickinson Family Education Conservatory
Come Grow with Us!




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December 11, 2017 If you've driven down Quail Gardens Drive in the last couple of days, you probably noticed that the steel support structure of our new Dickinson Family Education Conservatory is now up! Woo Hoo!

The glass that will enclose this structure will be on its way soon from Belgium, where the Conservatory is being manufactured. So, early next year, be expecting this exciting next piece of our Conservatory. 

Once completed, the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory will be a 30' high, glass-enclosed structure totaling 9, 024 sq. ft. with floating plant islands, hanging plant chandeliers, a 15' high living wall, and exotic plants that need a more controlled climate to grow in.


A New Community Hub
for Learning and Growing Together

The Dickinson Conservatory will:

  • Dramatically increase our outreach to a wide variety of visitors – from early childhood and school-aged children to college students, adults and seniors

  • Display exotic botanical wonders not typically found in the Garden that will thrive in a stunning glass conservatory environment

  • Serve our educational mission to the fullest by:

    • Offering classes and experiences that connect visitors with the natural world around them in a meaningful way

    • Teaching children where their food comes from, coupled with hands-on food preparation, to foster healthy eating habits

    • Developing experiential learning programs centered around agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, science and sustainability

    • Building community by fostering collaboration with the Encinitas Union School District and other local organizations

  • Provide a beautiful and practical setting for farm-to-table demonstrations, summer camps, traveling art and horticultural exhibits, wedding receptions and more

  • Improve our financial stability by generating revenue through rentals to organizations and individuals for a wide variety of memorable occasions

The Education & Events Pavilion

The Dickinson Family Education Conservatory will be a magnificent 7,400 sq. ft. facility, set in the nationally-acclaimed Hamilton Children’s Garden, designed to:

Grow Education –
Sharing knowledge and experiences of the natural world

Grow Engagement –
Connecting our community members with nature

Grow Conservation –
Building stewardship and respect for the environment

The Education & Events Pavilion

The Dickinson Conservatory will consist of:

  • A multi-purpose Main Hall:
    • Featuring tropical “chandeliers” of plants that can be raised to form a
      canopy or lowered for eye-level viewing
    • Elegant glass and metal design
    • Complete with state-of-the-art audio/video equipment

  • A demonstration and catering Kitchen:
    • Accommodating caterers for meetings and events
    • Hosting cooking classes and farm-to-table events

  • An outdoor Amphitheater:
    • With seating for 265 guests
    • Complete with a stage and outdoor lighting
    • Set in the beautiful Hamilton Children’s Garden

The Education & Events PavilionTo find out how you can help make the
Dickinson Family Education Conservatory a reality, please contact:

James Farley
Campaign Chairman [email protected]
760/ 431-7949
Julian Duval
President & CEO
[email protected]

760/ 436-3036 x202
Carolyn Zollars
Director of Development
[email protected]
760/ 436-3036 x216

The Education & Events Pavilion