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Ormond Beach Observer Friday, Apr. 18, 2014 3 years ago

Ormond Beach Memorial Art Museum partners with Garden Club for new greenhouse

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by: Emily Blackwood News Editor

The hidden greenhouse at the Ormond Beach Memorial Art Museum was demolished April 15 to make way for something new and improved.

Lori Tolland knew rebuilding the greenhouse at the Ormond Beach Memorial Art Museum wasn’t going to be easy — or cheap. Still, it needed to be done.

“I’ve been on the Ormond Beach Leisure Services board for 15 to 20 years,” Tolland said. “When I noticed the greenhouse, I also happened to be chairman of beautification for the Garden Club of Halifax Country. Both of my roles became the perfect storm.”

That storm finally knocked down the deteriorated, 14-year-old greenhouse April 15, a new-and-improved one to soon take its place. The project should cost the city over $13,000.

A-Certified Screens will install screens and oversee the concrete installation for no cost. The fence to surround the new greenhouse will be donated by Ann Burt. Austin Outdoor completed the land clearing for free April 17.

“It’s been a great community partnership effort,” Tolland said. “We’re grateful.”

Construction on the greenhouse is set to begin April 21 and to be completed May 15, according to the Greenhouse Project Civic Proposal.

When completed, the greenhouse will have many purposes. The museum plans to use it to propagate and enhance its community programs. The city will use it for the summer environmental camps and to help produce plants to be used throughout the city. The Garden Club of Halifax Country will use it as a horticulture shed to enhance their Emmon’s Cottage Art Box projects and to showcase their club to the community as a service project.

“It’s a host of stuff,” Tolland said. “We see it as an avenue to a good community project.”

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