As the yellowing leaves of the walnut tree swirl to the ground, the Bowling Green Garden Club gathered to honor old friends. Today’s meeting of the Garden Club was a very special one indeed. Fifteen club members, along with Lost River Cave Director Rho Lansden and Operations Supervisor Annie Holt, came together for the dedication of a memorial bench inside the Butterfly Habitat.
Sandy Riley, President of the Garden Club, introduced Joleen Niemann-Stone, Lost River’s very own botanist, who provided the group with information on the plants that attract butterflies. Many were intrigued to learn that they could support the local butterfly population by adding host plants such as dill, fennel and parsley to their own gardens. Following the question and answer session the club headed into the Habitat for the bench dedication and to release dozens of Painted Lady butterflies.
“The bench serves as remembrance of friends who dedicated themselves to nature. We hope it serves as a resting place to absorb beauty.” said Marti Pearce, Chairman of the Garden Club. Former members who received recognition for their dedication to the Club were Lucille Cox, Pam Haynes, Margaret Saxton, Helen Jean-Neuber and Mary Keown.
If you’re interested in joining the Bowling Green Garden Club you can attend a meeting at 10 a.m. the fourth Monday of each month at the Eloise B. Houchens Center, 1115 Adams Street Bowling Green, KY 42101.
You can visit the Butterfly Habitat, free of charge, Memorial Day through the end of September.
Submitted by: Laura Kissinger, Public Relations and Graphic Design Intern at Lost River Cave. Laura is a graduate of Valdosta State University, with a B.F.A in Art.