About The Conservatory
A gift from
the Richard J. Fitton family of Hamilton, The Conservatory
is a 7,000 square foot multi-use facility, consisting
of educational, research and public display spaces.
It is unique in not only its architectural beauty,
but it will house the largest fully documented academic
collection of exotic plants in the area. In addition,
the exterior grounds will be a celebration of Ohio's
square feet of The Conservatory is under glass. Within
the building, 4,200 square feet is used for botanical
displays and meeting space. The remaining 2,800 square
feet is used for instruction, research, and service
purposes. A plaza, gardens
and outdoor art by a local artist enhances
the entrance to The Conservatory.
Construction for The Conservatory began with a groundbreaking
ceremony on September 1, 2004. A subsequent topping-off
ceremony took place on April 22, 2005.
The mission of The Conservatory is to support the
instructional and research programs of Miami University,
to maintain a scientifically verified collection of
plants, to enhance the knowledge and appreciation
of plants through public education and interpretive
programs, and to promote the conservation of natural
For the betterment of the academic programs of Miami
University and the schools and citizens of the region,
The Conservatory of Miami University – Hamilton
will have the largest fully documented collection
of exotic plants in Butler County by the year 2010.
For additional information, contact 513-785-3086.