Over the past two weeks the construction crews completed the connection to the City’s water main. The new piping runs from the Greenhouse boiler room south to the Church Street parkway. In order to make the connection a portion of the gardens had to be removed. Immediately following the installation of the pipe the Elmhurst Park District Greenhouse staff began the temporary restoration of the gardens. Truckloads of topsoil and mulch were brought in, sod and seed was laid, and decorative planters were installed; the area looks like a garden again when two weeks ago it was a construction site. Next spring the temporarily restored portion of the gardens will be permanently restored and replanted.
There is more than just water to the Wilder Park Conservatory and Greenhouse Restoration Project. Masons are at work filling in sections of windows in the old administrative building that will be blocked by the new Greenhouse. Painters are painting sections of cinder block walls that were previously unexposed. Plumbers are installing drain lines in the Conservatory and a settling basin in the Propagating House. Electricians are pulling wire and setting up the Main Distribution Panel. The activity at the Wilder Park Conservatory and Greenhouse Restoration Project is really picking up. For more information or questions, please contact aferrentino [at] epd.org (Angela Ferrentino) at (630)993-8915.
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