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Flowers donated to Hartford Healthcare workers

Hundreds of pansies usually used to decorate The Shops at Farmington Valley will instead be donated to healthcare workers

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Shops at Farmington Valley teamed up with landscaping firm Winterberry Gardens Tuesday morning to donate pansies normally used to decorate the shopping center to Hartford Hospital employees.

“Our patients are really sick, so we are kind of just focused on them all day all night long and then coming out back into the real world you kind of have a moment where you’re like, ‘Alright, I just did that,’ and when people recognize it, it feels really good, said registered nurse Adelina Jakuba.

The potted pansies brought big smiles to employees’ faces and ran out quickly.

“We went through about 400 pansies in about 20 minutes this morning with the shift change, and we brought a second batch of 100 which we weren’t expecting to do,” said Winterberry Gardens CFO Bryan Stolz.

Each of the potted pansies came with a message reading, “The pansy is a symbol of love and admiration. We admire the work you do and we’re grateful for your sacrifices to help keep us safe.”

“Our business, it’s a lot of fun and there’s a lot of great things that happen but it’s nothing like the business of caring, taking care of people and making them better,” said Elizabeth Ackerman, the General Manager at the Shops at Farmington Valley.

In addition to the potted plants, a virtual, printable pansy worksheet will be provided by the Shops at Farmington Valley so families can print and color to place in their windows to support essential workers.