City officials, civic leaders and residents cheered the reopening of the Forest Park greenhouse on Monday, five years after renovations began at the facility built in 1905.
Parks Department officials said the greenhouse is expected to grow about 250,000 plants annually — up from 200,000 five years ago. The perennials, annuals and tropical plants will be shipped to parks and other green spaces across the borough, and throughout the city.
Six gardeners and two assistant gardeners tend to the Queens greenhouse, which produces more plants than any other site in the city, Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski said.
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Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, left, speaks about the new greenhouse as Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano and Lydon Sleeper, of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s office, look on.
The Parks Department displayed a photo of a long-ago flower show at the greenhouse, which was built in 1905.
Rows of colorful flowers, including these geraniums, line the inside of the greenhouse.
The renovated Forest Park greenhouse opened on Monday, and city Parks Department officials said it will grow about 250,000 plants annually.
The flowers at the greenhouse will be shipped all over the borough — and city.
Students and teachers from St. John Evangelical Lutheran School in Glendale attended the opening on Monday morning.