Native grasses and
flowers insulate the building, making it more energy efficient and reducing the
irrigation needed by 50 percent. Visitors will be among native plants, green
rooftop architecture, and views of the
Northeast Utilities, with a green rooftop of its own in
Planned enhancements include a new water feature, an educational map, additional signage, and outdoor seating. Thomas McKenna, staff scientist, has planted more than 350 new plants.
The 6,316-square-foot plot includes a shade garden, an alpine garden, and a children's sensory garden.
The Petit Family Foundation contributed by planting offspring flowers, originally from the family's home garden. The seeds that fall from the flowers will be re-packaged and sold to raise funds for the foundation.
The garden is open during regular operating hours, weather permitting, and is included in the purchase of a ticket. For information visit www.ctsciencecenter.org.