The San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG)is pleased to announce that the Leichtag Foundation has pledged $1 million towards the creation of the Garden’s unique education and events facility, recently named the Dickinson Family Education Pavilion. The Leichtag Foundation’s grant will enable the Garden to make its rental spaces available to select nonprofits that might not otherwise be able to utilize the Garden.

“This tremendous grant awarded to us by our close friends and neighbors, the Leichtag Foundation, has helped the San Diego Botanic Garden to take a significant step towards making the Dickinson Family Education Pavilion a reality,” said Julian Duval, President and CEO of the San Diego Botanic Garden. “The Pavilion will enable us to expand our educational and experiential opportunities, which are currently limited by a shortage of indoor space, thereby allowing more people to experience the wonder of nature at the Garden and bring new knowledge and practices home with them,” stated Julian.

“The Dickinson Family Education Pavilion will be a treasured and powerful space in our region for generations. We will learn, celebrate and enjoy life together. The Leichtag Foundation is proud and honored to make this extraordinary venue, as well as other venues at the San Diego Botanic Garden, accessible to community nonprofit organizations in our region,” stated Jim Farley, President and CEO, The Leichtag Foundation.

In addition, the Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Foundation has graciously extended the deadline for their $1 million challenge grant, which was pledged in December 2013. The garden now has until Dec.31, 2015 to raise the remaining $1.3 million of the $3 million in additional funding needed to meet the challenge goal.

“We were inspired by the generosity of the Leichtag Foundation to extend the deadline for the challenge grant to build this unique education and events facility. This is a place which will not only directly benefit our entire local community, but also enhance the experience visitors have when they come, from all over the world, to experience the beauty and serenity of the San Diego Botanic Garden,” said Martin Dickinson, chairman of the Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Foundation. “This project will enhance the mission of the Garden by educating the public on the importance of preserving our natural resources, while also providing a new venue in Encinitas for special events and other public uses. We hope that the Garden’s members, as well as others in our community, will join us to help complete this vital project,” said Martin Dickinson, Chairman, The Donald C. and Elizabeth M. Dickinson Foundation.

Upon successful completion of the Come Grow with Us! campaign, the Dickinson Family Education Pavilion will be located adjacent to the nationally-acclaimed Hamilton Children’s Garden. The Pavilion will provide an enclosed space for expanded educational offerings, as well as a meeting and event space for up to 400 visitors. The Pavilion’s iconic design includes a large main hall, classrooms, a kitchen for catering and cooking classes, an outdoor amphitheater and easy access from the adjacent parking lot. Additionally, exotic botanical wonders not typically found in the Garden (or the region) will thrive in a glass conservatory environment, making it a visitor destination even when there is not an organized program taking place.

To contribute toward the completion of the Dickinson Family Education Pavilion, please contact Tracie Barham, Director of Development, at tbarham@sdbgarden.org or call 760-436-3036 x216