The Knox Parks Foundation will open the doors of a new community
greenhouse on Wednesday, October 27, at 5 pm. The 2,700 square
foot greenhouse, located at 75 Laurel Street in Hartford's Asylum
Hill neighborhood, will provide programs for community gardeners,
youths and job trainees as well as a destination for school field
trips. It will also be headquarters for the well-known Hartford
Construction funds for the new greenhouse were provided through
a Community Development Block Grant from the city of Hartford.
It was built on property provided by the Hartford Redevelopment
Agency, and utilized salvaged components from the old Whiting
Greenhouse in West Hartford.
Hartford City Councilman Michael McGarry will receive the Judy
Riege Service Award during the opening ceremony for his work
with the Knox Park Foundation. The award recognizes his efforts
in trying to make Hartford more beautiful.
McGarry, who has been working with the Foundation for many years,
called the greenhouse "an opportunity for non-profit organizations,
individuals and start-up profit operations to do significant
value-added work in the horticultural field," he says.
McGarry has been working with the foundation for several years
and says he is pleased to be accepting the award.