LONDONDERRY — A new garden project in town will create floral spots and walkways, with plenty of blossoms and buds to attract butterflies and other important pollinators.
That, according to project organizers, will also brighten up a piece of property in town for residents and families to enjoy.
At a Town Council meeting June 15, project spokesperson Martha Smith told councilors the plan is to create a butterfly garden-style area, full of all the right types of plantings to attract butterflies, birds and bees.
In her presentation to Council, Smith said the proposed garden would be created on town-owned land across Pillsbury Road from the Morrison House Museum. The land was formerly part of the Mack farm property and abuts the Kent Allen town forest and also runs down to the cemetery off Mammoth Road.
Smith said the garden project would be done in two phases and Andy Mack Sr., has already offered his support of the plan.
"The group will maintain the land through donations and fundraising to make this project self-funding," Smith said in her presentation.
Smith said part of the plan is also to involve local artisans to create specialized sculpture types of artwork to scatter throughout the garden area.
There would also be a big draw at the garden as a teaching tool and for other educational possibilities and programming.
"Our desire is to get a lot of community involvement," Smith said. "The garden could actually be a hands-on learning tool."
The installation of benches and birdhouses in the garden could also provide opportunities for community projects for local Scouts, Smith said.
Ann Chiampa, representing the Londonderry Historical Society, said having the butterfly garden across from the community's historical area would be a great idea.
"I'm looking forward to having something across the street from the Morrison House," she said.
Councilors and town officials agreed it was a good plan.
"It's a good project for the town," Town Manager Kevin Smith said.