A perfect autumn day was the perfect planting day for the new Butterfly Garden now at Drexel Lodge Park in Newtown Square. The garden installation occurred on Saturday, Oct. 15 with members of Newtown Township Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Mike McGraw and Paul Seligson overseeing the installation with guidance from Steve Mostardi of Mostardi’s Nursery.
Realtor volunteers helping to install the Butterfly Garden from Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors Newtown Square office were Realtors: Donna McCole, Iris Barcaro and Tony Galiffa.
Rae Gustaitius, a long time member of the EAC, is also a Realtor with Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors.
Around 8:30 a.m., Steve Mostardi and EAC member, Mike McGraw laid out the forty plant garden with 11 different kinds of plant material following the diagram provided by EAC member Ellen Goss. The 30-by-8-foot area had been tilled and compost prepped by Charlie Steinmetz and the Road Crew of Newtown Township. Installing the plants began in earnest at 9 a.m.
Two diggers prepped the holes and three gardeners planted the butterfly bushes and butterfly attracting shrubs. The area was covered with mulch from Mostardi’s Nursery and then deer repellant was dusted around the perimeter. Finally, water was manually added around each plant. The project was completed by 10:30 a.m..
Mostardi’s Nursery provided the project all the plant material supplies and mulch at cost which made this project possible from a budget perspective.
The funds to accomplish all this were fronted by Newtown Township and will be applied for reimbursement to the Delaware County Conservation District Mini Grant which offers such activities by Locally Based Environmental Organizations, Civic Organizations, Scouting Organizations and School Based Environmental Clubs and others.
Participants declared how easy, fun and what a sense of accomplishment they felt in such short time and look forward to having the community visit and enjoy the Butterfly Garden for many years to come. A Monarch was seen fluttering around as the volunteers packed up departed.