The garden was symbolically planted on June 22 during National Pollinator Week (June 20-26), the week within which the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) asked citizens to create garden habitats to support pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

The Town of Townsend has, once again, confirmed its commitment to protecting the environment by planting a butterfly garden at its new Town Hall location.

The garden was symbolically planted on June 22 during National Pollinator Week (June 20-26), the week within which the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) asked citizens to create garden habitats to support pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

To highlight pollinator decline and inspire people to plant pollinator gardens, the Empire State Building was even lit up in black and yellow on June 22 to suggest that even in cities such as New York, with high-rises and dense urban environment, people can plant pollinator gardens in containers where space is limited. See the NWF website for more information.

Community support for the new butterfly garden is evidenced by the donation of mulch by Mr. Mulch and the donation of the plants for the garden by Willey’s Farm Market. Kathy, from Willey Farms, was instrumental in selecting the plants and assisting with the garden design.

The mulch was spread and the garden planted by Townsend Brownie Troop 914 as a community service, and the girls could not have been more enthusiastic about the experience. Each plant in the garden is labeled so that the new garden can serve as a demonstration garden, inspiring and assisting those who may want to consider planting a garden of their own.

It should be mentioned that Townsend has the distinct honor of being the first community in Delaware and the 42nd community in the nation to be certified by the NWF as a Community Wildlife Habitat. The certification was received in April 2010 after three years of dedication by Town Council, residents and various outside agencies – all of whom were intently focused on protecting our environment.

A library maintained at Town Hall contains information and press releases about all of the activities and events that earned the Town its certification. The library also contains numerous books for both children and adults that can be borrowed and complimentary NWF publications on how to construct backyard ponds, nesting boxes and bird feeders, as well as information relating to environmentally friendly practices for lawn reduction, attracting butterflies and wildlife. Townsend continues to meet all requirements for re-certification as it prepares to receive its 7-year recertification as a Community Wildlife Habitat later this year.

Townsend Councilwoman Lorraine Gorman stated that the town attempts to schedule events pertaining to the environment at significant times, as demonstrated by sponsoring a guided nature hike through the Blackbird Creek Reserve during National Wildlife Week in 2014, proclaiming Earth Day 2016 to be Mayor’s Monarch Pledge Day in the Town of Townsend, announcing the planting of a butterfly garden at the Townsend Elementary School, and co-sponsoring a tree give-away with the NWF.

Planting of the new butterfly garden during National Pollinator week is yet another example of good timing.