This multipurpose conference / education center blends harmoniously with its natural surroundings and houses all horticultural education and visitor functions for Brookside Gardens. Surrounded by trees, it sits on a knoll overlooking a large pond. Comprised of rough, earth-tone stone, the exterior blends seamlessly with the landscape. The building is constructed of concrete masonry bearing walls with a steel roof support structure. Large skylights illuminate the foyer and lobby with natural light. The internal spaces are well-integrated with the auditorium, office and classroom pods linked together like extended fingers, each with a view of nature’s beauty beyond the windows. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the circular auditorium permit a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. This space is fully equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual, multimedia, and communications technologies.