Hudson ParkChildren's Greenhouse

An educational center that will provide horticultural programs for children and the whole community of New Rochelle, New York.

The Greenhouses


For 100 years Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse (HPCG) was where plants were grown to fill our parks, children came to learn about gardening and residents grew orchids and cacti plants that fascinated park visitors. The HPCG committee's original plan was to restore the greenhouse structures and host garden programming activities for the community. However, we eventually found out that extensive environmental remediation was needed. We also realized that today's materials would afford us a more robust and faster-built facility, so we will be recreating greenhouses in order to achieve our mission. We are well on our way to honor this wonderful historic facility with a modern version within Hudson Park. Our committee is dedicated to making Hudson Park Children's Greenhouse a center that will provide horticultural programs for children and the whole community of New Rochelle.
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Greenhouse History

The two connected greenhouses, built between 1911 and 1929, supported the City’s parks and beautification programs for decades. At least one of the greenhouses was built by the notable firm Lord & Burnham. They are among the very few remaining municipal greenhouses in Westchester County. The greenhouses were most recently used for growing plants by senior citizens, school students of all ages and children with developmental disabilities. The greenhouses were closed in 2009 due to structural deterioration, the poor economy, concerns about utility costs, broken glass and a failing concrete slab floor. Sadly, the entire structure is now fenced off to prevent entry and has fallen into further decay. The current greenhouses will soon be torn down.

Committee

In 2015, a group of concerned residents formed the non-profit (501-c-3) organization known as the Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse (HPCG). Our group consists of fifty-six engaged constituents united in the purpose of creating a valuable community asset and establishing a sustainable operating resource for the public. Our members are a diverse group that includes an agronomist, chemist, environmental specialist, accountant, educators, tradesmen, professionals, business owners and community leaders. HPCG President Millie Radonic-Ilich is the Founder of Amy’s Greenhouse at Barnard Early Childhood Center in the City School District of New Rochelle, and she was asked to spearhead this initiative based on her success there.

Programming

The HPCG programming subcommittee runs horticultural programming in two New Rochelle public schools, Trinity Elementary and Barnard Early Childhood Center. Grants from the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence ($1,000) and Westchester County ($10,000) provide for this programming. Our garden educators are retired teachers who have taught series on seeds, vegetable gardening and propagation and have installed raised garden beds. We are working with Trinity Elementary staff and administration to create a multi-year series of garden programming that runs from first grade through fifth grade.

Our Mission


This is an elevation rendering of an early plan to restore the greenhouses. Now we will instead replace the greenhouses in another location in the park.

The goal of HPCG is to create a sustainable and vibrant greenhouse and activities program. Our plan is to create community greenhouses in Hudson Park and host garden programming activities for the community. This initiative will enhance the development of Hudson Park, New Rochelle and Long Island Sound’s coastline for the enjoyment and benefit of New Rochelle’s children and community. This will provide a tremendous resource to the community and will inspire future improvements throughout Hudson Park. Greenhouse visitors will learn about horticulture, propagation, nutrition, and they will experience beauty.

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Programs


Amaryllis Project

Third grade students in Mrs. Larkin's and Mrs. Joy's class studied bulbs with Joyce Kent and Naomi Gams-Towers from Hudson Park Children't Greenhouse. &nbs...

"Popcorn Project" at Trinity Elementary

Inquisitive children at Trinity Elementary are halfway through a three-class series that traces kernels of corn to a warm bowl of hot popcorn in the “Popcorn Project.”  Educators from Hudson Park Children&...

“All About Seeds” -- First Grade

First graders in Trinity and Barnard Schools participated in a program designed to introduce them to the concepts involved in seed germination. They explored:

  • Life cycle of plants
  • Pods collected fro...
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Latest News


Trinity 1st Graders Harvest their Crops

At Trinity the first graders successfully planted, tended and harvested a crop of carrots, lettuces, radishes, peas and other vegetables this Spring.  Under the direction of Joyce Kent and Naomi Gams-Towers the studen...

HPCG Builds More Raised Beds at Trinity

Frank Buddingh' spearheaded the creation of two new raised beds at Trinity School.  This project was made possible by a grant given by the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence 2019.  Frank purchased t...

Historical Overview of Hudson Park

New Rochelle’s Waterfront -- All along New Rochelle’s extensive shoreline, the sweeping views of Long Island Sound can just take your brea...

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Upcoming Events


Pumpkin Patch for Arts Fest 2019

Hudson Park Children's Greenhouse will be sponsoring a mini-pumpkin painting event called "Pumpkin Patch" during Arts Fest 2019.  We will be hosting young painters from noon until three on Saturday, Octo...

HPCG Yoga for 2019!

For our fourth year HPCG is hosting yoga at Hudson Park before the summer concerts on Wednesday nights.  The dates for the events are: 6/26, 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/21, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28.  The yoga sessions ...

Pumpkin Patch for Arts Fest

Hudson Park Children's Greenhouse will be sponsoring a mini-pumpkin painting event called "Pumpkin Patch" during Arts Fest 2018.  We will be hosting young painters from noon until three on Saturday, Octo...

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