Tucked away in a modest building in Riverside Park is a flourishing operation that's responsible for producing nearly all the foliage and flowers planted on city property. The Riverside Greenhouse at Riverside Park has been in Cambridge for over 40 years and has acted as a space to sustainably grow flowers and vegetation for flower beds and planters across the city.
Every year the city-owned greenhouse produces around 30,000 plants and distributes them to almost 100 different planting areas. “We plant all over Cambridge on city-owned lands, like island mediums and planters around the city,” said Nathan Lantz, supervisor of horticulture operations.
The more people who know about the greenhouse and its role in the city, the greater the chance for increased investment, Lantz said. In a push to become even more sustainable, the greenhouse also grows all of the small evergreens to be used around the holidays instead of fresh-cut, which is more expensive to taxpayers and not environmentally friendly.
“We do this as a way to save taxpayers money, and it’s so much more sustainable to grow our own,” Lantz said.
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