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Tour the Kendeda Building and Native Plant Habitat

June 5, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Come tour the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design surrounded by a GNPS Gold-Certified Native Plant Habitat

422 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

June 5 and June 9

9:00 to 10:30 AM

This 1.5-hour tour will be led by Steve Place, the horticulturist who created and maintains the Native Plant Habitat. 


The Kendeda Building received Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification in 2021. It is run by solar panels, filters rain water harvested from the roof, and has a ceiling made from reclaimed lumber. These features and many other strict sustainable practices make it an award-winning living building. Encircling the Kendeda Building is a garden consisting of only native plants. Among them are sedges (Carex pensylvanica and Carex cherokeensis), cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), various goldenrods (Solidago), pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia), and more. In the bog garden are cattails (Typha latifolia) and pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata). On the rooftop, native grasses and blueberries are growing. Every plant has a place and purpose. Honey bees help complete the sustainable environment. The building and grounds are models of what the world needs to regenerate our fragile ecosystem.

  • There are two tours June 5 and June 9.
  • Tours start at 9AM. The group will meet in the foyer of the Kendeda Building.
  • Each visit is limited to 20 participants. Register early!
  • This visit is free but you must be a GNPS member to register. Every participant must register.
  • Although this is a free event, your donations are much appreciated to help us continue to offer quality Intown Atlanta GNPS programs and activities.

Register for Monday June 5 here.

Register for Friday June 9 here.

Parking is available in two parking lots. Visitor Parking 4 is a surface lot across the street from Kendeda. Visitor Parking 5 is a parking deck a half a block away.

Parking is $2/hour and you can pay using ParkMobile or a credit card at the parking kiosk.

See an interview of Steve Place.


June 5, 2023
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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