City Park Greenhouse - Reading, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Janila
N 40° 20.244 W 075° 54.761
18T E 422477 N 4465606
Quick Description: City Park Greenhouse, which runs on donations, houses many wonderful and exotic plants and is a place that demonstrates what urban agriculture can be. In 1991, the Centre Park Historic District donated to the restoration of the Greenhouse.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 8/6/2018 3:06:50 PM
Waymark Code: WMYXG1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member monkeys4ever
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Long Description:

There is a wonderful YouTube video put out by the manager of the Greenhouse and the local city councilman who is very involved with the greenhouse projects. You can view it at

In case you don't have time to watch a 40 minute video, here are the highlights. This greenhouse is a teaching center. They have school children coming constantly to learn about growing and to assist with projects. The main reasons that the greenhouse exists is for "consultation, education and demonstration." In their teaching, they stress educating the children about their environment.

The greenhouse's newest endeavor is experimenting with aquaponics, food which is grown in water through the use of fish. Some of the plants that they are working with are bananas, coffee trees, pomegranates, pears and apples. Tilapia fish live in the water and can also eventually become food. With the fish in the water, the plants grow using bacteria rather than nutrients. No pesticides are used, everything is grown organically.

The greenhouse also stresses using what you have to assist in the environment. The Greenhouse is in the city of Reading and the local citizens don't have big yards in which to grow their own food. So they are taught how to grow food in 5 gallon buckets. By doing this, they reduce the amount of landfill and they also show the public that a movable small garden can produce enough food to provide a healthy diet for them and their families.

The greenhouse considers their method of teaching to apply to the STEAM theory - teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

Type of Greenhouse: Greenhouse - research eg. university facility

Type of Cover: Glass panel

What is the shape of this greenhouse: Traditional - vertical walls and a gable roof

Unique features: This is a teaching greenhouse, not just a growing greenhouse.

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