Hudson Park
Children's Greenhouse

An educational center that will provide horticultural programs for children, adults and seniors of New Rochelle and neighboring communities.

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 is well on our way to resurrecting this wonderful historic facility. 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.

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 resurrecting this 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


The goal of HPCG is to create a sustainable and vibrant greenhouse and activities program. Our plan is to resurrect the greenhouse 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


“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...

“How to Grow Vegetables” -- Trinity Raised Garden Beds

Thanks to a grant from the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence, raised beds were constructed and each first grade class planted a variety of crops: lettuce, sunflowers, marigolds, radishes and popcorn. Instruction...

“All About Popcorn” -- Second Grade

After harvesting the crops from the raised beds, students will explore the popcorn plant and enjoy a culinary experience.They will:

·Identify the parts of the corn seed and stalk

·Make sketches co...

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Latest News


Millie to be Honored !

Article by: Gianella Perez
Photos by: Susan Nagib of Susa Designs
photo Left to right: (Milijana "Millie" Radonjic-Ilich, Vera Koppel, Kyra "Ms. J" Johnson, Liz Aiello, Steph...

Third Annual Gala!!

What a wonderful party!  Thank you to Carmen & Anthony Paolercio for use of their lovely home!  Thank you to all attendees, our performers, our staff, our committee and our supporters.  We appreciate you...

Earth Day with Volunteer NY

On Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 the Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse committee welcomed members of Volunteer New York . It was a spectacular day with volunteers from throughout Westchester who raked, cleaned out a pond,...

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Upcoming Events


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...

HPCG Yoga for 2018!

For our third year HPCG is hosting yoga at Hudson Park before the summer concerts on Wednesday nights.  Thank you to our sponsor New Rochelle Radiology (https://www.newrorad.com/). We welcome participants of all ages ...

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