• Phil Love Greenhouse Dedicated

    The running joke was that the greenhouse should be named "The Love Shack."

    It would have been appropriate given that the Westminster High School greenhouse wouldn’t exist without Phil Love. It was his love of his students, the school district and the horticulture industry that allowed the greenhouse to be built.

    With perfect weather, the kind a gardener would love, the greenhouse was formally named after him during a dedication ceremony Friday afternoon.

    Late last year the Board of Education unanimously voted to name the facility after Love who retired after teaching in the District for 38 years. Under his leadership, the District received a one hundred thousand dollar grant from the Home and Garden show which provided the seed money to build the greenhouse.

    As Superintendent Pam Swanson noted in her introductory remarks, it was appropriate that the greenhouse dedication took place on Earth Day. It was perfect weather as Swanson and Board members Dino Valente and Ryan McCoy spoke about Love’s impact on the District and the students.

    “I can tell you without him, this greenhouse would not be here,” said Swanson. ”He kept our program alive during some very lean budget years, all the while taking the program to the next level.”

    The dedication was timed to coincide with the Annual Plant Sale which will continue on May 7th.

    Love was clearly touched by the tributes and the outpouring of affection from students and colleagues. First and foremost though, he thanked his family for all their years of support.

    After delivering his remarks, a rock bearing his name was revealed. It reads Phil Love Greenhouse. If there was room on the rock it might have also said, “See what Love can do!”

    Highlights from the ceremony and Phil Love's speech can be seen below.

    Posted April 25, 2016