The new greenhouse at the Ormond Memorial Art Museum was dedicated to Janett Van Wicklen-Taylor.
Zone 2 City Commissioner Troy Kent remembers running around the Memorial Gardens when he was just 5 years old — and Janett Van Wicklen-Taylor was there.
Almost four decades later, and Wicklen-Taylor is being honored for her years of service to the city of Ormond Beach. The museum’s new greenhouse was dedicated to her Nov. 14.
At the ceremony, Commissioner Kent spoke about his memories in the garden.
“I remember having picnics with my mom, and running through the gardens,” Kent said. “It really is a special place.”
The greenhouse had been decaying and unused for 10 years when the Garden Club of the Halifax Country, led by Lori Tolland, decided it needed an upgrade. The club partnered with the city of Ormond Beach, A-Certified Screens, Austin Outdoors, Ann and Locke Burt, and Giles Electric to complete this project that should have cost the city around $40,000. According to Director of Leisure Services Robert Carolin, the greenhouse cost a little over $6,000.
“That just shows you what we can do as a community with the partners that are out there,” Carolin said. “There are wonderful people who are willing to loan you the time and the money. I’m honored to be a part of this project.”
Materials and labor were donated by the businesses involved in the project. Tolland was moved by the generosity of the local business honors.
“This is a special day,” Tolland said. “It recognizes what folks can do when partnerships are developed within the city of Ormond Beach. The garden club recognized the need to repair the greenhouse and everything else just fell into place.”
The greenhouse will be maintained by the Garden Club of Halifax Country.