Lake Como’s Butterfly Garden Poised to Welcome Its Summer Guests

Environmental Commission Chair Jon Gibbons, left, selects plants for Lake Como's butterfly garden with Mara Ellerson, while commission member Jason Larson, right, assists daughters Ella and Becca.
Lake Como Councilman Chris D’Antuono gives his 3-year-old son, Brayden, a lesson in Gardening 101 at the borough’s butterfly garden during a recent planting. Credits: Lake Como Environmental Commission
Lake Como Environmental Commission members John Buckley, in foreground, and Scott Young handle some of the heavier tasks during the clean-up of the butterfly garden. Credits: Lake Como Environmental Commission
Karen Zielinski, lakefront projects manager for the Lake Como Environmental Commission, shows volunteer Karen Oohms and Councilman Chris D’Antuono which butterflies may be attracted to the garden. Credits: Lake Como Environmental Commission

LAKE COMO, NJ — Preparing for the butterfly garden’s seasonal “grand opening” next month, the Lake Como Environmental Commission has completed its finishing touches on the specially designed area.

Situated on the banks of Lake Como near the corner of North Boulevard and Main Street, the garden has been well nurtured over the past week by commission members and community volunteers, with help from the borough’s Department of Public Works.

After the garden was cleaned out, weeded and mulched, some 120 butterfly-supporting were planted and rocks that provide resting spots for butterflies were added.

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And now with cooperation from Mother Nature over the next several weeks, the garden should be ready for its “official” opening on Saturday, July 15 from 11 a.m. to noon, when the community is invited to learn more about the garden from commission members.

Of course, the garden can be visited at any time for anyone who wants to come take a look. And that includes any butterflies, of course.


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