In celebration of Earth Day, Keep North Charleston Beautiful volunteers will be completing a beautification project in the Park Circle Butterfly Garden. This volunteer event will take place over four days beginning on Monday, April 19 and wrapping up on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22. Volunteers from seven local businesses and community groups will be working in the garden each day to install new plants, install cardboard as a weed barrier in the garden, install pine straw, and divide and transplant plants that are already in the garden. All plants were specially grown by Roots and Shoots Nursery of Charleston to guarantee pollinator-friendly, pesticide-free plants for the gardens.
Groups volunteering for this project include Charleston RiverDogs staff, Coast Guard Cutter JAMES, the Factory at Garco Apartments staff, Fairfield Inn & Suites North/LRP Hotels, JetBlue for Good, Starbucks, Workbox Staffing, and many other KNCB volunteers.
“Earth Day is always an exciting time for us at KNCB,” explained Carmen Hanlon, Keep North Charleston Beautiful Director. “This is the time of year when special attention is given to environmental projects, and people are excited to do their part to give back to the community. We are very fortunate to be able to continue our annual Earth Day project with a fantastic group of volunteers! Many of our year-round volunteers bring their families out to volunteer during Earth Day activities and have told me they are excited to share the garden with their loved ones. It makes me smile to see our volunteers feel a sense of ownership in the garden after spending time making it beautiful.”
KNCB Board Chair, Veryl Sullivan, has participated in KNCB’s Earth Day events for the past seven years and enjoys seeing the significant impacts made by herself and all of the other KNCB volunteers. Veryl said, “One of the reasons I enjoy working an Earth Day event is to see how many hands can make a big difference to the gardens. With new plants being planted, cardboard weed barriers being installed, and fresh pine straw being put down, it gives the garden a fresh feel for the summer.”
Photos and a project wrap up will be posted to KNCB’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kncbsc.
To learn more about Keep North Charleston Beautiful and sign up to volunteer for future activities, visit www.keepnorthcharlestonbeautiful.org.