As Part Of Expansion, Gardner Museum Gets A New Greenhouse

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Stan Kozak, head of  the horticultural department at the Gardner Museum (Andrea Shea/WBUR)
Stan Kozak, head of the horticultural department at the Gardner Museum (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

Members of the media get their first glimpse of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s $180 million expansion and preservation project Wednesday. It opens to the public a week from Thursday.

The new building, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, features a cutting-edge concert hall, a much bigger café and gift shop. It also features a brand new greenhouse, to the joy of the museum’s chief horticulturalist Stan Kosak, who tends to the Gardner’s lush courtyard.

You can hear his excitement in this sound piece.