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LsdnCnsrvtryOpenThe new Lasdon Glass House Conservatory is now open with a celebration of the rainforest at Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial in Somers.


The 2,500-square-foot, 28-foot-high, glass and steel building is a structure similar in design to the New York Botanical Gardens conservatory in the Bronx.


The first exhibit of the Lasdon Conservatory is “The Rainforest: Tropical Treasures.” Visitors will walk on the forest floor surrounded by lush vegetation, as drops of water slowly drip from the tapered leaves of low growing trees and vines and the air is heavy with moisture. They will be surrounded by green vegetation punctuated by brightly colored orchids and bromeliads growing from tree cavities and along low branches. In the background they will hear the screeches, cries and calls of animals and birds as they move through their ancient, ancestral homes.


The Conservatory will feature horticultural exhibits and will be used for class trips and tours, music performances, weddings and other social events. It will provide needed space to expand Lasdon’s current public programming such as concerts and the holiday shows that have become a tradition at the park.

 

Construction of the Conservatory began in June 2016. Westchester County allocated more than $1.3 million to the project from its capital program.


The Conservatory was also made possible by nearly a decade of fundraising and sponsorships through the Friends of Lasdon in conjunction with the County Parks department. Net proceeds from train shows, concerts and various fundraisers generated over $700,000. The Lasdon Family Foundation, The Stephen Bolinck Estate, the 9th District Federated Garden Clubs of New York State and the Westchester Parks Foundation also contributed significant funds to the project.
The exhibit is partially funded by A-Team Construction, Avangrid, BAI Drinks, Northern Westchester Hospital, SavAtree Inc., Westfair Electric, Rough Bros., Prospero Nursery, Houlihan Lawrence, Opici Wines, and Party Line Rentals.


Lasdon Park, Arboretum, and Veterans Memorial, a Westchester County Park, is located on Route 35 in Somers. (GPS 2610 Amawalk Rd., Katonah.)