YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US IN SUPPORT OF THE
Wednesday, June 14
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Join Friends of Lasdon Park and Arboretum and our special guest, Westchester County Executive, Rob Astorino for as you are transported to the heart of the rain forest. Enjoy a magical evening of of live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and entertainment as we celebrate the opening of the first public conservatory in Westchester County.
Be among the first to experience, “The Rainforest; Tropical Treasures.”
Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased online starting April 24.
All donations are 100% tax deductible and dedicated to future programs and exhibits for the park.
For additional information please call; 914-864-7268.
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Thank you for your support, in the past, Lasdon Park & Arboretum has produced a number of award winning programs and the Lasdon Conservatory promises to be an incredible platform for businesses and corporations looking to create a high-visibility partnership that advances marketing and/or philanthropic goals.
From supporting an event to sponsoring an existing program, there are numerous opportunities for partnership. We must depend on the generous support of corporations and local business to maintain and operate the Lasdon Conservatory.
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Rough Brothers sent in their team in late 2016 and are just a few weeks away from completing the glass installation, gutters and trim. That will be followed by another team from Rough Brothers to do all the interior work (heat system, fans, environmental controls and mechanicals) and Westfair Electric will be doing the electrical connections.
In early April, A-Team Contracting will return and complete the new patio with Westfair Electric. We are presently working on the fundraiser set for June 14, a ticketed event followed by the public grand opening on June 17.
The first exhibit will be “Tropical Treasures”. Details will be coming out soon on this exhibit and how you can get tickets to the public grand opening.
Oct. 14, 2016 – County Executive Robert P. Astorino yesterday joined other county officials and members of the Friends of Lasdon Park organization to mark the completion of the foundation, a major phase in the construction, for the new 2,500 square foot glass house conservatory, at Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial in Somers.
“The resounding success of the conservatory project speaks volumes of what can be achieved when the county partners with local groups and private organizations,” Astorino said. “It took nine years of very hard work by this partnership to raise money and to begin construction on the first major new feature at Lasdon in years.” Astorino was joined by Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathleen O’Connor, Friends of Lasdon president Michael Katz, and Christine and Pete Monteleone, the owners of A-Team construction.
The project, which began in early June of this year, took over 200 yards of concrete, five tons of rebar, 26 tons of crushed stone, 250 linear feet of six-inch bluestone and more than 200 tons of native stone for the foundation façade. Rough Brothers Inc., of Cincinnati, is firm that is constructing the glass house and transporting the parts for the structure. Rough Brothers has built conservatories around the world, including the New York Botanical Garden, the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington and the Royal Botanical Gardens in London. The new conservatory will feature horticultural exhibits and will be made available for weddings, events and concerts. It will also provide needed space for Lasdon to expand its own traditional holiday shows and events.
Westchester County allocated more than $1.3 million to the project from its capital program. The conservatory was also made possible by nearly nine years of fundraising and sponsorships through the Friends of Lasdon in conjunction with the County Parks department. A-Team Construction has donated much of the project’s construction work, valued at more than $350,000.
The Friends of Lasdon presented Astorino with a $500,000 check yesterday for the exclusive use by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation to help with improvements to the Westchester County Parks system as well as will contributing $200,000 to the conservatory project. The Lasdon Family Foundation, the 9th District Federated Garden Clubs of New York State and the Westchester Parks Foundation also contributed significant funds to the project. Additional support came from New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG), M&T Bank, Sav-a-Tree, Prospero Nursery, Ledley Food Service and the Helen Lindsay estate.
Fenton Construction and Ironworkers from NY Local 40 completed the second leg of the Conservatory on October 12.
This involved the steel frame for the building. The work was finished several days ahead of schedule. On October 13 County Executive Rob Astorino will make a public announcement at 1pm regarding this new glasshouse conservatory.
Please join us at the site to formally welcome the new addition to our arboretum and thank the generous people that made this happen. Within two weeks the glass will arrive for the third leg of our project.
Since June 3, A-Team has been constructing the foundation, retaining wall, mechanical building, installing drainage and radiant heat lines. On September 3 they finished. Sometime in the latter part of September, Rough Brothers will send in their construction team and complete the Conservatory. We expect it to be completed by the end of December.
Thanks to Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino and the Westchester County Board of Legislators on our long quest to bring the Conservatory project to fruition has happened.
The Friends of Lasdon along with significant contributions from the Westchester Parks Foundation, the 9th District of the NYS Federated Garden Clubs and the Lasdon Family Foundation have raised over $700,000 throughout these past ten years and Westchester County has made it possible to bring the crown jewel in Westchester horticulture to Lasdon Park, Arboretum & Veterans Memorial.
It started with one woman.
In 1991, a very dedicated and loving plant pathologist named Ilse Biedermann took her love of horticulture and brought it to Lasdon Park. Devoting herself to helping to develop Lasdon Park & Arboretum during its’ infancy, she founded “The Friends of Lasdon” and her passion was contagious. Her dream was to build a new larger greenhouse to grow plants and educate children in the world of horticulture.
Tragically in 2005 Ilse Biedermann was taken from us in a car accident on the Taconic Parkway. Although we lost Ilse that day her passion remained with us. In 2007 we took up her dream and began a grass roots fundraising campaign with the help of the Friends of Lasdon.
Almost a decade later The Friends of Lasdon has raised over $700,000 through model train shows, concerts, special seasonal events, sponsor pledges and plant sales. Through an exhausting effort, Friends of Lasdon President Michael Katz, the County Executive’s Office, cooperation of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, and countless others, the dream that started with one woman will become a gift for us all.
A gift beyond words…
On June 3, Christine and Pete Monteleone of A-Team Contracting (Pawling, NY) broke ground and began the work of creating the 2,526 foot foundation at the southern end of the back patio behind the Garden Shop. This generous donation of labor and materials reduced the overall cost of the project and will allow us to use some of our resources to create a new patio that will tie the Conservatory to the Garden Shop patio.
Where we go from here?
The twenty-eight foot tall glass house conservatory designed and built by the world renowned Rough Brothers from Cincinnati will feature a weather station, misting system, interior lights and enough space to bring new public botanical exhibits for years to come.
We encourage schools to bring children on field trips to learn about our horticultural world and conservation. The future flower shows, seasonal displays, exhibits and much more will now be presented in the new Conservatory. This exquisite structure will become the backdrop to our summer concert series, social events, private affairs and weddings. Nowhere in Westchester will a bride have such a beautiful and unique site to have her special day.
Finally, we wish to thank all of you who have donated and supported us over these ten years. We never gave up.