The North Central Louisiana Master Gardener’s Association and the City of Ruston will celebrate the opening of the Butterfly Garden on the corner of 167 North and Highway 80 East with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. today.
This project was a collaboration of the North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners and the City of Ruston to bring beautification and education to the public on the life cycle of butterflies.
“I want to thank North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners’ Association for our beautiful Butterfly Garden” said Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker. “What was once a vacant corner in the heart of our city, is now a home to gorgeous flowers, wonderful butterflies, and a fabulous gazebo. This is a perfect example of partnerships with the City of Ruston.”
The garden is home to native plants like zinnias, dianthus, “Texas Star” hibiscus, vitex, milkweed, button bush, blackberry holly, and salvia in a variety of colors. These pollinator plants bring butterflies to the garden and provide a beautiful space in Downtown Ruston. The butterfly at the top of the gazebo structure is a gift from the gardeners in memory of Kathy Davis, who served as president of the organization.
The members of the Master Gardeners would like to thank the many businesses and individuals who contributed to this garden. Additionally, they would like to thank the City of Ruston for the use of this space and for their interest in educating the public on pollinators in the area as well as their commitment to beautification in the City of Ruston. They would also like to give special thanks goes to all the Master Gardeners who have donated time, efforts and finances to make this garden possible.
For more information about how to become a Master Gardener, please visit the LSU Ag Center’s website at https://www.lsuagcenter.com/topics/lawn_garden/master%20gardener.
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