New Britain Senior Center greenhouse dedicated

Published on Sunday, 6 May 2018 21:46
Written by Kayla Murphy

Special to The Herald

NEW BRITAIN - “The greenhouse is going to be our next project,” said Rex Cone, director of the New Britain Senior Center, “It finally came to fruition. It’s beautiful.” 

Last Tuesday at the New Britain Senior Center, guests attended the ribbon-cutting and dedication of the new greenhouse.  

“I’m really proud to be standing here today. There’s a lot of people who made this project a reality,” said Mayor Erin Stewart.  

The greenhouse is dedicated to Arnold Schwartz, the former chairman of the Commission on Aging. 

“Arnold always had the vision of having a greenhouse at the senior center,” said Stewart, “When I become mayor it was one of the first things he said to me. I really wish he could be here. This will be something that lives in his name for a very long time. There’s going to be a lot of beautiful flowers that will be grown here in honor of Arnold’s vision.” 

At the ceremony, students from Gaffney School helped pot plants in the new greenhouse.

Cone said the greenhouse will supply “hands-on learning” for both students and seniors. 

Cone said, “We’re going to do a variety of different things. We’re going to do flower sales and sell some of our vegetables at local farmer’s markets in June. We’re going to use the products that we grow to beautify both the community and the senior center.” 

Nancy Durkin, a member of the senior center, said she loves the idea of working with youth in the new greenhouse.  

“I’ve always loved to garden. I recently moved to a new condo where I can’t garden anymore. But this new greenhouse is a great opportunity for the seniors and for the children. I’m looking forward to bringing products to the farmers market,” said Durkin.  

“This going to be a true gem of the senior center for many, many years to come,” Stewart said.  

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Sunday, 6 May 2018 21:46. Updated: Sunday, 6 May 2018 21:49.