The challenge to landscape architecture and design students was this: create more beautiful and welcoming entrances to Hartford’s Keney Park. The winners were announced Thursday, April 30, at a ceremony at the Hartford Public Library, where all the entries will be on display at the Hartford History Center until August 15. Mayor Pedro Segarra saluted the winners in his remarks, noting that Keney Park was his favorite of Hartford’s many parks.
The contest, a joint project of The Garden Club of Hartford and the City of Hartford, resulted in designs from talented students from a number of area universities and schools. Keney Park—nearly 700 acres in the north end of Hartford—was originally designed by Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects and completed in 1898. Students were asked to use native trees and shrubs, as the original designers had done, and to focus on plants that would attract endangered pollinating insects such as bees and monarch butterflies, provide multi-season color and interest—and not need much maintenance.