CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Central Virginia's first botanical garden now has signage marking the spot of its future home.

The nonprofit in charge of the garden held a ceremony in Charlottesville's McIntire Park Thursday morning. Eight and a half acres there will soon feature trees, flowers and trails. The plans even include a visitor's center and pavilion.

"That will be used for educational purposes, to hold exhibitions, to have parties at, the rest of the garden area that we're involved with will have areas that you can walk through, engage plants, nature, conservation." said McIntire Botanical Garden President Helen Flamini.

The Charlottesville City Council approved the project back in March.

The botanical garden should be open to the public by 2018, but could take a decade to fully complete.