“I’d like to have it done by wintertime,” Troy Schwable said.
“We hope to start programming next summer,” Kathy Schwable said.
The building also will feature a “seed room,” which is insulated on three walls and the ceiling, but not on the wall that faces the outside. A seed room allows the seeds inside it to become “cold stratified” so they go through the seasonal cycle of temperatures, “so whenever planting has to happen, they’re ready to go.”
The seeds will be used to plant naturally occurring plants in the prairies of the Riverside Natural Area.
Kathy Schwable said although she and her husband have received credit for leading the parks efforts, many other volunteers have offered a lot of help: “We couldn’t do it without them,” she said.
The couple works on the 200-acre wildlife area and the building at Joyce Park nearly every day of the week.
Hundreds of volunteers have helped with the natural area’s creation, planting trees, picking up litter, building improvements there and other work.
Meanwhile, the pair have other plans for the Riverside Natural Area. Among them are creating a canoe/kayak launch into the Great Miami River and planting a small grove of Linden trees nearby to celebrate the tree for which Hamilton’s Lindenwald neighborhood is named.