City of Kingston’s greenhouse opens for a taste of spring

Inside the City of Kingston’s greenhouse, spring feels even closer than it is. Photo via City of Kingston.

Do you start to feel winter dragging on by mid-February? I know spring is always on my mind during the dreary mid-winter months. And what better way to get a jump on the spring season than seeing beautiful plants in bloom?

Starting Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, you can visit the City of Kingston’s greenhouse at 111 Norman Rogers Drive. The greenhouse is open every Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. until March 8th.

“Visiting the City’s greenhouse offers a small glimpse into the work our horticulturists put into transforming Kingston’s parks, walkways and green spaces,” said Troy Stubinski, Operations Manager for the City of Kingston’s Public Works department. “It’s a great opportunity to learn about the different types of species planted around Kingston every year and supports the City’s strategic priority to foster healthy citizens and vibrant spaces.”

Tropical plants and spring bulbs will be on display, and greenhouse staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Some of the plants inside the City of Kingston’s greenhouses. Photo by Jessica Foley.

“We’re hoping to see a great turnout this year as we open the doors to the City’s greenhouse once again,” Stubinski continued. “If you’re looking for a fun activity on a cold Sunday afternoon, come visit and enjoy.”

Did you know:

  • The city’s greenhouse facility is built on former Kingston Penitentiary land, purchased by the City of Kingston in 1961.
  • There are a total of seven greenhouses with approximately 6200 square feet of production space.
  • Approximately 40,000 plants are grown every year in the greenhouse space.

Be sure to get an early glimpse of spring over the next five weekends by taking a Sunday afternoon stroll among the greenhouse plants and flowers. Three of the seven greenhouses are open to visitors, as well as the main showcase room. Visit the City of Kingston’s website for more information.

Some succulents growing in the warmth of a City of Kingston greenhouse. Photo by Jessica Foley.

Jessica is a busy working mom and writer who enjoys covering local interest stories, and creating content for her own website A Modern Mom’s Life.  She loves living, working, and playing in Kingston.  You can see what she gets up to with her family on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

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