The San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) in Encinitas is undergoing an exciting expansion project! They are adding a new facility within the Hamilton Children’s Garden called the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory. While much of the SDBG is home to plants that are native to the San Diego area, the Dickinson Conservatory will feature tropical plants in its magnificent new glass-enclosed space.
With more than 8,200 square feet of space, the Dickinson Conservatory will be able to house various educational programs and meetings, as well as special events like fundraisers and weddings. There is an outdoor amphitheater, a multi-purpose main hall, and a full kitchen for catering and cooking classes.
One of the features of the main hall that’s sure to “wow” visitors and guests is the hanging plant “chandeliers” in the room. Made up of a variety of tropical plants, the chandeliers can be raised and lowered as desired. They can be brought all the way down to eye level for up-close viewing, or they can be raised up to the ceiling to provide a tropical canopy.
The company responsible for the design and installation of the main hall’s exhibit, Weldon Exhibits, wanted to bring in a local San Diego electrician to install the electrical circuits that would power the motors for the plant chandeliers. Ms. Sparky Electric, an Encinitas electrician, was chosen for the job.
Ms. Sparky was tasked with obtaining all needed permits, as well as installing the new electrical circuits. The entire process, from beginning to end, took just under two months. The end result is a stunning display that also allows for flexibility in the use of the space.
Mary Stapleton, owner and electrician at Ms. Sparky Electric, said of the SDBG project, “We were particularly excited to complete this project at the Dickinson Conservatory because the SDBG is right here in our Encinitas community. We love it when we can contribute to a project like this that will have such a positive impact on the community in which we live and work. The new space at the SDBG is not only beautiful, but will host many educational programs and community events. We look forward to enjoying the space ourselves once it officially opens.”
According to the exhibit designers who were responsible for bringing on Ms. Sparky Electric for the SDBG project, “[The electrical work at the Conservatory] needed to be done quickly and for a fixed price. Ms. Sparky and team handled the whole job from filing permits to final inspection and customer sign off. They did a great job and were fun to work with.”
Ms. Sparky Electric Inc. has been servicing San Diego County since 2009. Their electricians complete residential and commercial projects, and are experts in lighting design, green technology, and electric vehicle charging station installation.