Ridgewood Park hosts a grand opening of the Glenwood Drive Butterfly Garden

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The Ridgewood Park neighborhood hosted a Grand Opening event on Saturday March 25, 2017 at the new Butterfly Garden located at the south end of Glenwood Drive Park.  The neighborhood has been working closely with the City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Department as this project transitioned from a median, to a vision, to reality.  Over one hundred guests and many neighborhood pets enjoyed the garden during this exciting neighborhood event. 

Stacey Warder, the neighborhood president, shared, "We couldn't be happier with this exquisite addition to our neighborhood!  It was a huge investment from our angels at the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department.  We are already enjoying it and hope to for years to come."

Guests of all ages toured the garden and learned about the ecosystem that is now part of their neighborhood.  Local honey was available for purchase, while informational and learning activities were presented by the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County, Tree-mendous Tampa as well as the UF/IFAS Extension.  Tampa Bay Raptor Rescue had an Eastern screech owl that was a hit with kids and adults alike.

Music from harpist, Jillian Rawlins from Blake High School, graced the garden, while children were entertained by face painting, temporary tattoos, coloring and sidewalk chalk art.  Hands on activities with honeybees, African Sulcata tortoises and red wriggler worms provided opportunities for kids to “dig in” and learn about the importance each plays in the environment.  The highlights of the event included the release of twenty five butterflies of various species and two thousand ladybugs.   These new residents of the garden will help pollenate and protect the garden for a blooming future. 

Local artist Angie Cannata, who created the glass mosaic at the south entrance to the garden, was also in attendance.  Several years ago she installed a piece for the neighborhood in the median just north of the Butterfly Garden, as well as covering one of the Little Free Libraries in glass mosaic. 

The perfect weather provided a great day to spend with neighbors in the Glenwood Drive Butterfly Garden.  

For additional information, please contact: 

Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director