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KHCPL COMMUNITY BUTTERFLY GARDEN GRAND OPENING SEPTEMBER 12

The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library Community Butterfly Garden ribbon-cutting and grand opening will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 12, at KHCPL South, 1755 E. Center Road.

“The garden will allow the library to do a variety of things to help save the monarch butterfly and other pollinators,” KHCPL Director of Marketing Lisa Fipps said.

With the KHCPL Community Butterfly Garden, the library will accomplish the following:

  • raise awareness about the environmental threats facing butterflies, bees, and other pollinators;
  • provide residents with new opportunities to learn about a significant environmental issue independently as they explore the garden and through formal educational programs hosted at the site;
  • provide hands-on learning events for people of all ages;
  • provide an educational information center; and
  • locally support a declining species to address a global problem.

The public is invited to the grand opening. Mask are required.

“We have so many people to thank who have made the KHCPL Community Butterfly Garden possible,” Fipps said. “Duke Energy generously provided $10,000 toward the project. The Friends of the Library gave $2,000. The Howard County Master Gardener Association provided $500. Stewart and Ruth Worthley donated materials, along the Hamilton County Master Gardener Association, Marian Cable, Carol and Jack Reed, Bridget North, Jeannie Gale, Jeanette Land, Sandy Price, Carol Petro, Sharon Cooper, Emily Roark, and Valerie Gordon.”

“But there’s just no way we could have the KHCPL Community Butterfly Garden without the countless hours of hard work these volunteers, especially the Howard County Master Gardener Association, put into it, from planning to planting, from watering to weeding, the list goes on and on,” Fipps said.

Volunteers included Stewart and Ruth Worthley, Carol and Jack Reed, Marian Cable, Jeanette and Kent Land, Jeannie Gale, Gwendolyn Parker, Perry Grieb, Sandy Price, Buddy Knepley, Bridget North, Carol Petro, Megan Moss, Teresa Keller, Sharon Cooper, Jack Reed, Kent Land, Wendy Zeider, and the members of Girl Scout Troop 628 (Jessica Shannon, Lilly Shallenberger, Abby Thatcher, Sara Thatcher, Becky Crabtree, and Pat Skillington, leader).

More donations and volunteers are needed to sustain the garden. “We’d love to see businesses, organizations, Scouts, schools, families, and individuals get involved,” Fipps said.

To donate or volunteer, call or email Fipps at 765.626.0807 or lfipps@KHCPL.org.