Hudson ParkChildren's Greenhouse

An educational center that will provide horticultural programs for children and the whole community of New Rochelle, New York.

The Greenhouses



For 100 years Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse (HPCG) was where plants were grown to fill our parks, children came to learn about gardening and residents grew orchids and cacti plants that fascinated park visitors. We are creating a new and modern greenhouse in the spirit of that historic greenhouse. We will host garden programming activities and horticultural programs for children and the whole community of New Rochelle.
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Greenhouse History

The two connected greenhouses, built between 1911 and 1929, supported the City’s parks and beautification programs for decades. At least one of the greenhouses was built by the notable firm Lord & Burnham. They are among the very few remaining municipal greenhouses in Westchester County. The greenhouses were most recently used for growing plants by senior citizens, school students of all ages and children with developmental disabilities. The greenhouses were closed in 2009 due to structural deterioration, the poor economy, concerns about utility costs, broken glass and a failing concrete slab floor. Sadly, the entire structure is now fenced off to prevent entry and has fallen into further decay. The current greenhouses will soon be torn down.


In 2015, a group of concerned residents formed the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization known as the Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse (HPCG). Our group consists of fifty-six engaged constituents united in the purpose of creating a valuable community asset and establishing a sustainable operating resource for the public. Our members are a diverse group that includes an agronomist, chemist, environmental specialist, accountant, educators, tradesmen, professionals, business owners and community leaders. HPCG President Millie Radonic-Ilich is the Founder of Amy’s Greenhouse at Barnard Early Childhood Center in the City School District of New Rochelle, and she was asked to spearhead this initiative based on her success there.


The HPCG programming subcommittee runs horticultural programming in two New Rochelle public schools, Trinity Elementary and Barnard Early Childhood Center. Our garden educators are retired teachers who have taught series on seeds, vegetable gardening and propagation and have installed raised garden beds. We are working with Trinity Elementary staff and administration to create a multi-year series of garden programming that runs from first grade through fifth grade.

Our Mission

Greenhouse Rendering

Rendering of Hudson Park Children's Greenhouse, view from Bandshell parking lot

HPCG is creating a sustainable and vibrant community greenhouse and activities program. We will host garden programming activities for the community. This initiative will enhance the development of Hudson Park, New Rochelle and Long Island Sound’s coastline for the enjoyment and benefit of New Rochelle’s children and community. This will provide a tremendous resource to the community and will inspire future improvements throughout Hudson Park. Greenhouse visitors will learn about horticulture, propagation, nutrition, and they will experience beauty.



Community Involvement


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Adopt a Tree Project

Adopt a Tree Project

Students in Mrs. Agravat’s and Mrs. Persampieri’s fourth grade classes at Trinity School adopted one of the oak trees that surround their school garden. Throug...

Amaryllis Project

Third grade students in Mrs. Larkin's and Mrs. Joy's class studied bulbs with Joyce Kent and Naomi Gams-Towers from Hudson Park Children't Greenhouse. &nbs...

"Popcorn Project" at Trinity Elementary

Inquisitive children at Trinity Elementary are halfway through a three-class series that traces kernels of corn to a warm bowl of hot popcorn in the “Popcorn Project.”  Educators from Hudson Park Children&...

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Latest News

New Rochelle, Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse Celebrate Groundbreaking at Wildcliff

Wildcliff mansion ruins to be transformed into an outdoor event space; Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse will bring vibrant educational center to City’s waterfront 


Trinity 1st Graders Harvest their Crops

At Trinity the first graders successfully planted, tended and harvested a crop of carrots, lettuces, radishes, peas and other vegetables this Spring.  Under the direction of Joyce Kent and Naomi Gams-Towers the studen...

HPCG Builds More Raised Beds at Trinity

Frank Buddingh' spearheaded the creation of two new raised beds at Trinity School.  This project was made possible by a grant given by the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence 2019.  Frank purchased t...

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Upcoming Events

Benetton Pop-Up Charity Sale

Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse had a Benetton Pop-Up Charity Sale at 1985 Palmer Avenue from June 6th through July 11th, Tuesdays through Sundays from 2 to 6pm. Items available for purchase w...

Pumpkin Patch for Arts Fest 2019

Hudson Park Children's Greenhouse will be sponsoring a mini-pumpkin painting event called "Pumpkin Patch" during Arts Fest 2019.  We will be hosting young painters from noon until three on Saturday, Octo...

HPCG Yoga for 2019!

For our fourth year HPCG is hosting yoga at Hudson Park before the summer concerts on Wednesday nights.  The dates for the events are: 6/26, 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/21, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28.  The yoga sessions ...

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