Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 9:32pm
Michaela’s Garden, a
non-profit educational outreach project sponsored by the Petit Family
Foundation, has teamed up with the
The project is named for Michaela Rose Petit who died in 2007 at the age of 11. Sadly, Michaela, her sister Hayley, and her mother Jennifer all lost their lives in a violent home invasion. Michaela’s Garden, like the foundation’s other projects, focuses on celebrating their interests and good works.
“The Connecticut Science Center is honored to have an educational program such as this garden,” said Matt Fleury, president and chief executive officer of the Connecticut Science Center, “This is a very special partnership by which we will work together to advance our shared priorities of promoting healing from the family’s tragedy, memorializing the Petit women, spreading far and wide the beautiful flowers nurtured in Michaela’s backyard garden and promoting science learning among girls and families.”
Garden project is designed to encourage families and youth to become more
involved in science and community service. Michaela loved the flowers and
foliage plants that she and her father planted and maintained over the years at
The Petit Family Foundation sponsors programs to help educate young people — especially girls — in the sciences. Single packets of seeds are being sold for $10 at the Science Center Gift Shop— more than enough to create a beautiful garden for you, a friend or a community.
Michaela’s Garden is
located on the rooftop of the
In the spring of
2012, a new crop of direct descendants from Michaela’s original plants will be
planted in the garden atop the