NEW BRITAIN - State Rep. William A. Petit Jr., R-Plainville, and representatives of the Petit Family Foundation were joined by students from Lincoln Elementary School on Thursday to plant flowers at Michaela’s Garden in Walnut Hill Park.
The annual planting was to honor the life of 11-year-old Michaela Rose Petit, who, along with her 17-year-old sister Hayley and mother Jennifer Hawke-Petit, was killed in a Cheshire home invasion in 2007. The group planted four-o’clocks, which were the girls’ favorite flower.
The Petit Family Foundation has been doing this replanting for years as part of Michaela’s Garden Project, a community event created in honor of Michaela. There are many Michaela’s Gardens throughout Connecticut, including in Bristol and Plainville.
New Britain’s garden - at the triangle in the park near Lexington Street - was created three years ago in the summer of 2014. This year, the state representative’s son, William Petit III, joined in on the planting at Walnut Hill Park.
The lineage of the flowers planted at the park goes back years. This year, members of the Lincoln Elementary School “Green Team” harvested seeds from previous plantings in the park and students at New Britain High School are also growing the flowers in a greenhouse.