Ready for spring at Harkness Memorial State Park

(WTNH/Tina Detelj)

WATERFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Somewhere in Connecticut it is 63 degrees and flowers are blooming. News 8’s Tina Detelj visits a climate controlled greenhouse where spring is in the air.

Connecticut has a lot of beautiful state parks, but today we were able to find one where you can get a breath of spring.

“You can see up top we have shades all down so that it keeps most of the sunlight off them. So, we don’t want to really scorch them too much yet,” said Mark Darin, Park Supervisor.

That is a nice problem to have when the outside temperature is 20-something degrees.

(WTNH/Tina Detelj)
(WTNH/Tina Detelj)

Winter usually means maintenance and repairs on the mansion at Harkness Memorial State Park, but this winter it meant taking down storm damaged trees and trying to keep up with Mother Nature.

“It seems as though this year all we’ve been doing is plowing snow and getting the ice out of the way and cleaning things up,” said Darin.

This is the reason why when we spot a little sign of spring blooming among the barren winter scenes, even if it’s in the controlled environment of this greenhouse, we take notice and so will others.

“We’re really looking forward to getting out into the gardens and having the better weather come,” said Darin.

When the warmer weather arrives, the heliotropes be replanted in the gardens allow spring to finally emerge.

“It’s a bit of a teaser yeah. And then you go outside and you’re shivering. Absolutely. (laugh) Absolutely,” said Darin.

If you are now itching to get some spring into your life, there are plants available for sale.

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