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Queens Botanical Garden and The Lowell School Partner to Host “We Go Together: The Launch of the Butterfly Garden”
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Darcy Hector- Queens Botanical Garden
718-886-3800 ext. 330
dhector@queensbotanical.org
       


Flushing, NY-June 11, 2013—Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) and The Lowell School will host a special event, “We Go Together: The Launch of the Butterfly Garden” on Saturday June 22, 2013, from 10:30am -12:30pm, celebrating the completion of a joint project.   QBG and The Lowell School have partnered to build a Butterfly Garden on the Botanical Garden grounds, to provide a safe environment for butterflies to thrive, as well as a fantastic hands-on learning experience for The Lowell School students.

 
The special event on June 22 will feature performances from The Lowell School students and staff, guest speakers, light refreshments, and the release of butterflies into the garden.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunch to eat in QBG’s Arboretum after the event.

The Lowell School is a New York State approved and accredited not-for-profit coeducational day school which provides a 12-month specialized academic program for children with learning differences in a structured and supportive learning environment.  An emphasis is placed on developing self-respect, responsibility, and building character.  The hands-on cooperation with QBG fits in perfectly with the school’s mission.

Maureen Regan, a Horticultural Therapist and QBG staffer, originated the partnership with The Lowell School and directs the program.  She describes the Butterfly Garden as “a short-term project with long term benefits: physical, intellectual, emotional, psychological, social and financial.  The students used their resources to build the foundation for the garden incorporating math and science…an innovative educational balance of capabilities and sensibilities.”

About the Butterfly Garden: A butterfly garden is an easy way to see more butterflies and to help these beautiful creatures, since many natural butterfly habitats have been lost to industry and development.   To increase the number and variety of butterflies in an area, gardeners have to provide a safe environment for butterflies by growing the native plants that the caterpillars like to eat as well as plants that adult butterflies feed on.   This is what this project has accomplished.

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Frank J. Antun Foundation.

Inquiries about this event may be directed to Maureen Regan at mregan@queensbotanical.org or (718) 886-3800, ext. 329

Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship. Located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, Queens Botanical Garden is easily accessible by car, train, or bus. For travel directions and more information visit www.queensbotanical.org or call (718) 886-3800. Queens Botanical Garden is located on property owned by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


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