BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Gardeners, butterfly enthusiasts, and the entire community are invited to the opening of Bloomfield's Certified Butterfly Garden Sunday July 9 at 1 p.m. The garden, located at 337 Belleville Avenue in Bloomfield, is on the grounds of the Van Tassel Funeral Home. 

The Bloomfield garden is certified by the North American Butterfly Association (, a New Jersey based organization devoted to the enjoyment and conservation of butterflies.   

Isabel Van Tassel was inspired to create a garden the garden after seeing the garden photos that her friends shared. Van Tassel's friend, Patrick L. Lull inspired her to take the garden a step further and create the certified butterfly garden.

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Only a few months old, the butterfly garden has become a place for butterflies to feed as well as lay eggs and establish the next generations. Van Tassel's gardens, which include traditional grounds, as well as container gardens on the roof, have also attracted cardinals, finches, and jays. A hummingbird was recently spotted, a first for Van Tassel. 

Lull, who is pursuing his Master Gardening Certificate, will be the guest speaker at Sunday's event. Lull will share information about plants for feeding as well as hosting butterflies. Information about which plants to include in a butterfly garden, and how to get certified will also be shared on Sunday.

Van Tassel Funeral Home is a few doors from the intersection of Belleville Avenue and Broad Street intersection in Bloomfield. The is ample free parking in the parking lot on the property.