Written by David Shivers
Some two-and-a-half hours of intense labor by dedicated volunteers transformed a grass-strewn corridor on the exterior of the Albany Arts Council building on North Jackson Street into a landscaped, mulched butterfly garden spot on Saturday morning, April 20.
The project was a joint effort between Master Gardeners of Southwest Georgia, the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County, and the Southwest Georgia Home School Association Key Club. Using an assortment dozens of plants and shrubs furnished by an anonymous donor, approximately 30 volunteers ranging from teenagers to senior citizens weeded, did battle with buried roots and tree trunks, and prepared the soil before planting and mulching the spots along the building’s south wall that will be easily viewed by passersby and visitors to the adjacent Albany City Auditorium.
For the Kiwanis DoCo club, the activity marked its 2013 “One Day” project. Across the nation and around the globe, Kiwanis clubs on this day choose a project to benefit their local communities.
In addition to the beauty aspect, the garden is hoped to provide a stopping-off point for butterflies to feed during their seasonal migrations.
Coordinators for the project included Suzanna Macintosh of the Southwest Georgia Master Gardeners, Kristin Caso of the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County, and Darlene Butler, advisor to the SGHSA Key Club.