Katie Thisdell, The Daily Transcript –
Two years ago, the area surrounded by biotech offices in Torrey Pines Science Park was a parking lot. Now, the lush green space is an oasis for employees, a nature classroom and a supplier for a campus restaurant.
Open to the public for enjoyment, Nautilus garden is a teaching tool for employees and visitors to learn the beauty of food, seasonal eating and organic farming.
“That’s why we’re in existence,” Karen Contreras said about her six-year-old company, Urban Plantations, which built, planted and maintains the garden, along with gardens at homes, businesses, restaurants and assisted-living residences in the region.
For property owner Alexandria Real Estate (NYSE: ARE), which leases about 3 million square feet to life-science tenants in San Diego, the Nautilus garden is key to collaboration, healthy employees and recruitment.