Grant will help Williston Park enjoy a botanic garden

September 13, 2016 by  

A garden in a village neighboring Williston Park will soon get an upgrade, thanks to a large grant from the state.

A program run by New York State Zoos, Botanic Gardens and Aquariums has given Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson a $175,000 grant. The money from the grant will go towards improving the garden’s educational programs and increasing access to the garden itself.

Organizations that receive grant money can use flyers to let visitors and patrons know how they plan on using the funds.

For example, some of the money will be used to install air conditioners in the Clark House, which the garden uses for special events and lectures. The new air conditioning will allow the gardens to expand its programming and use the building year-round.

Plans are in the works to use some of the grant money to install a sensory garden. Designed for visitors with disabilities, the garden will feature elements that rely on the senses of touch, smell, and sound, so that people who cannot see the garden’s plants and flowers can still enjoy their experience.

The botanic garden will receive the grant money in several installments of $35,000, up until March 2021.

In addition to the changes funded by the grant, the botanic garden also has plans to build a $700,000 greenhouse, with money from the state and a town bond. It also hopes to create a rain garden to help with stormwater management.