Saturday, March 14, 2009

Community Butterfly Garden Planned

Sign of Spring - Snowdrops at Grace Episcopal Church

The Rev. Carolyn Eklund sends word that a Community Butterfly Garden will be created on the grounds of Grace Episcopal Church.
Work will take place on three upcoming dates. All those who participate will have a chance to enter a free raffle for a beatiful nylon butterfly kite. The church is at East Seventh Street and Cleveland Avenue.
Here are the dates and tasks:
Saturday, March 21 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Clear the area - begin to vision the plantings.
Pizza served. Wear work clothes.
(rain-snow day, March 28)

Saturday, April 25, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Design the plot and decide on the plantings.
Lunch served.

Friday, May 1 in conjunction with New Jersey 21st Century After School "Green Environment" Day - plant the garden. Raffle winner announced.

Believe it or not, a lot of butterflies visit the Park & Seventh neighborhood. The butterfly bush in my yard across the street from the church gets lots of visitors each year. They are delightful to watch. Last summer, an Aphrodite Fritillary stopped by. The migratory Monarch butterflies are an especially good reminder of how we are connected to distant lands and people through the cycles of nature. Click here for some information and photos from the U.S. Forest Service.
Mother Carolyn mentioned her vision of a community garden to me last year and I'm glad to see it will come about.
--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bernice, apparently Mother Carolyn's 'vision' for the butterfly garden is a 'one man (women's) show'. . . . . . . .do you think any of the folks in the garden clubs would want to get involved? ? ?

Anyone you can think of that would design such a garden ?

signed, the man who cuts the grass

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Friends...and please call me CAROLYN!

Bernice - thank you for including this project in your blog. Thanks for being a good neighbor with grace to Grace!

Since you and the "man who cuts the grass" probably know that I don't have much of a "green thumb", it would be fabulous to have a truly "Community" garden involving people from Plainfield who love gardening - And yes! members of area garden clubs.

Your friend, Carolyn Eklund

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Mother Carolyn, and the "man who cuts the grass" I am spreading the word to my neighbors and my school. This is a perfect example of how a community can come together.

You might be surprised as who shows up, I know that my family and I will.

Good plans often start by one single mind that has many on mind.

Maria Pellum

8:18 PM  

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