Local residents help remember a special lady with the building of a butterfly garden. KSB will be dedicating the newly formed Butterfly garden at the James Cole Outdoor Education Center this month in memory of Karan Bowerman. Karan was an avid supporter and fan of KSB and contributions to her memorial were donated to KSB. The butterfly garden was a dream project of KSB and because of the Bowerman’s generous donation and Karan’s love of KSB, it became a reality. Two of Karan’s grandchildren, who attend and attended Cole, will be decorating special rocks to go on either side of the dedication stone. Not only will this be a memorial garden, but it has also recently been registered as a Pollinator SHARE space.
Keep The Rez Beautiful volunteers braved several cold days in December putting the finishing touches on a new Pollinator/Sensory Garden, a welcomed addition to the newly established Turtle Point Nature Area. Thanks to Lowe’s and KAB, the new addition will benefit pollinators that are needed to increase fruit and vegetable production. Native plants including Butterfly Milkweed, Great Coneflowers and other native plants including fruit and nut trees will serve as food for the Monarch Butterfly, which is in decline nationally, as well as other wildlife in the area.
The Reservoir serves as a flyway for many birds and insects. This addition will provide a resting place and food for the travelers. The sensory aspect of the garden is designed to stimulate the senses with the courtesy of plants that engage one’s senses of sight, smell, touch, taste and sound. Blueberry bushes and Willow trees are just one example. Native Americans used the bark of willow trees to produce a type of aspirin.
Located on Pelahatchie Bay on the 33,000-acre Ross Barnett Reservoir, the five-acre grassed nature area was created from spoil dredged from the Reservoir caused from urban sprawl. A new walking trail and a kayak launch is creating new friends for KRB. People visiting the area are excited about the new garden area and a walking trail that provides a view of the Reservoir. Many are wanting to know how they can help! Build it and they will come. There are many KRB surprises on the way for this nature area located in a blighted area between two 50-year-old subdivisions.