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Of all the natural attractions at
I love the garden for four reasons: the butterflies, the flowers, the birds and the relaxation.
The butterflies and the flowers are self-evident – just stop by the garden on a sunny day and you should be able to enjoy plenty of both.
The coneflowers, butterfly bushes and trumpet vines are just a few of the plants in bloom these days, and the butterflies are beginning to appear in greater numbers and greater variety.
In the past few weeks we have seen at least 10 species, including Eastern tiger swallowtails, red admirals and several types of skippers. We might even see a great-spangled fritillary one of these days.
The birds and the relaxation aren't much more difficult to find -- and they tend to go hand in hand, if that’s not a mixed metaphor.
Toward the end of the day, when there’s less foot traffic at the nearby
On hot sunny days in recent weeks, we have seen bird after bird take a splash, including cedar waxwings,
With bathing birds and butterflies fluttering among the colorful flowers, the 50- by 80-foot garden is a centerpiece attraction at the
The garden was built to honor the memory of Jill Ann Ziemkiewicz, a 23-year-old Rutherford resident and the youngest member of the flight crew assigned to TWA Flight 800, which crashed into the ocean off
Ziemkiewicz loved picking flowers as a child, and her family thought a garden – built near where she grew up, would be a great way to honor her memory.
The fountain in the garden’s center is shaped like a sunflower, Jill’s favorite. Every year around the anniversary, her loved ones leave sunflowers at the garden in her memory.
The garden also has a nice feeling of serendipity. You just never know what might pop up -- no matter what the season.
In the past couple of years we have seen everything from praying mantises on the trellis to beautiful mushroom clusters nearby.
Please stop by anytime, and see for yourself – or visit during Butterfly Day on Sunday, July 25. Be sure to pick up a copy of our new free DeKorte Park Butterfly Guide while you’re here.
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