Breathe in a bit of summer during a Halifax winter by walking through the flowers inside an enormous Victorian greenhouse. That’s the vision Robert Pace, chair of the board of the Public Gardens Foundation is pitching. Pace presented a proposal for an $8 million project to the community planning and economic development standing committee.
“The unsightly greenhouses have been there for 50-60 years across the street. We should step up our game and build a public greenhouse that people can go in every day of the year and see how a greenhouse works,” he said. “With the population increasing as it is, we should have this opportunity to really make this a world-class facility.”
The foundation proposes to build a 10,000-12,000-square-foot Victorian-era public greenhouse with an 11,000-square-foot underground maintenance facility that would accommodate the mowers, trimmers, tractors, and other equipment.
The greenhouse would be open to the public throughout the year for “pleasure and respite,” as well as classes. It would also house an interpretation center.
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