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Butterfly garden blooming in Hallam borough

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Community members work together to build a butterfly garden at Clayton Eli Emig Park in Hallam Borough, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Next spring, be on the lookout for an abundance of butterflies fluttering toward Emig Park in Hallam. 

With the help from residents and members of the Hallam Borough Council, a butterfly garden will be established to help attract caterpillars and butterflies to the area. 

"You don't see many (butterflies) anymore," said Cindy Knox, a member of the Hallam Borough Council. "It's a good idea for the borough."

Community members secure plants in the ground as they work to build a butterfly garden at Clayton Eli Emig Park in Hallam Borough, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Knox, the main advocate for the garden, was initially approached a few months ago by a Hallam resident who thought a butterfly garden would be a good addition to Emig Park, 221 S. Prospect St.

Since then, a plot of land has been dug up and perennials have been planted. 

On Saturday, Oct. 19, several residents and children helped with planting milkweed, butterfly weed, black-eyed susans, coneflowers and several lilac bushes.

Cindy Knox, of Hallam Borough, plants a lilac bush as community members build a butterfly garden at Clayton Eli Emig Park in Hallam Borough, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Dawn J. Sagert photo

In addition to flowers, a large stone pathway will be constructed once flowers start to grow, Knox said. 

A large sign for identifying different butterfly species will also be considered for the future of the site, she added. 

As for maintaining the garden, Knox said she will be taking responsibility for watering and keeping the plants healthy. 

"It's just something I love to do," Knox said. "I have always been a nature person."

Deanna Graham, of Hallam Borough, works to dig a hole for a Butterfly Bush as community members work together to build a butterfly garden at Clayton Eli Emig Park in Hallam Borough, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Dawn J. Sagert photo

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.