NUTLEY, NJ - Members of the Rotary Club of Nutley spent Saturday morning installing a butterfly and hummingbird habitat in the garden space near the front door of the Nutley Public Library. The butterfly habitat compliments a perennial garden installed in that space by scouts in 2017.
According to Rotarian Dorothy Huey, the project itself was quite simple. Huey first had to coordinate with the Nutley Public Library for permission to add the habitat plants to the existing garden. After a warm welcome to the idea from the library, the project fell into place.
Keeping the work as simple as possible, the Rotarian ordered butterfly and hummingbird plants from Prairie Moon Nursery. Delivered in 5 inch deep plant cells, the plants consisted of species to provide both nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds, and food for caterpillars. The assortment of plants includes varieties that will bloom at various times of the season to provide the maximum benefit to butterflies and hummingbirds.
Armed with a bright orange five gallon bucket emblazened with "Let's Do This," a small group of Rotarians pulled back the existing mulch, popped the plants from the shipping cells, and planted according to a plan that was included with their order.
Some of the plants were already in bloom, while others will flower for the first time later thus year. All of the plants are perennials and will come back year after year.
Huey explained that the project itself is something that a homeowner can do in their home garden. Plans are in the works to have this space declared a certified butterfly garden.
The Nutley Rotary Club has been environmentally active this Spring. Several weeks ago, a group of Rotarians were joined by Nutley residents to clear trash from the brook in Nichols park. Most of the items removed during that project were plastic water bottles and plastic bags. That project was inspired by Rotary International's commitment to water projects around the world. Everything that goes into local Nutley waterways eventually finds it way to the ocean.
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