The Petit Family Foundation is currently selling Michaela's Four O' Clock flowers, and planted a garden at Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA) in New Britain this Friday.
Bill Petit joined Raymond Gorman, president & CEO of CMHA, and Meaghan McFall Gorman, development & community engagement coordinator with CMHA, in planting the garden Friday morning.
"This is the third season that they've planted the garden," said Kim Petit, office assistant with the Petit Family Foundation.
The flowers come from seeds from the garden of the late Michaela Petit. The Petit Family Foundation sells the seeds in her memory, using the proceeds to further the Foundation’s mission to help educate young people, especially young women in the sciences, support those with chronic illnesses, and help to protect those affected by violence.
"It is one of our bigger fundraisers," said Petit. "We have received a lot of support from the community over the years. There are a lot of people who contact us ahead of time. The Hungerford Nature Center in Kensington just planted a garden of Michaela's Four O' Clock flowers this year."
The Michaela’s Garden Project was started by the late Dennis Chapman, Michaela’s uncle, to memorialize his niece. They are planted and grown by agriculture students throughout the state. The flowers produce seeds, and those who purchase them are asked to harvest these seeds and return them to the Petit Family Foundation to help keep Michaela's Garden ongoing.
Art For A Cause in Southington will be selling Michaela's Four O' Clock flowers this Saturday at 10 a.m. at Tops Marketplace at 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike.
"They also have a garden along the Rails to Trails in Southington that they plant every year," said Petit.
The red, pink, yellow and white trumpet-shaped flowers, which can bloom into any combination of these colors, were a favorite of Michaela Petit. The flowers were named the State of Connecticut Children’s Flower on June 19, 2015.
"They're beautiful, special flowers that are especially easy to grow," said Petit.
Those who are unable to make the Saturday event can also pick up Michaela's Four O' Clock flowers from the Petit Family Foundation Office at 32 Whiting St. Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, or to make arrangements for pickup at the office, call the Petit Family Foundation office at 860-479-1436 or email email@example.com.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.