Dozens of volunteers constructed a system of mulched trails for a butterfly meadow last month at 2929 Sumantown Road in Middletown, according to a press release from Frederick County. Additionally, volunteers planted 13 pounds of native Maryland wildflower seeds.
The project began in September after the Frederick County Nature Council received a donation of more than $4,000 from the Billotti-Woods family to buy and install a 1 1/2 acre butterfly meadow at the Catoctin Creek Park and Nature Center. The funds were raised from a 5K run organized by friends and family of the Billotti-Woods.
Dana Chapman, a Parks and Recreation intern from Hood College, created the design for the meadow for her internship project at the Catoctin Creek Nature Center. The Frederick County Parks and Recreation staff leveled the area in October and transported 94 cubic square yards of mulch to the park.
Volunteers are scheduled to return in April to help install four benches and to plant wildflowers. In May, a commemorative plaque honoring the Billotti-Woods family will be added and a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held, according to the press release.
Francie Billotti-Wood and her three children were found dead in the Middletown home in April 2009. Authorities concluded that Billotti-Wood’s husband, had taken the lives of his family members before taking his own life.