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Ruston butterfly garden set to open Tuesday

The North Central Louisiana Master Gardener’s Association and the City of Ruston celebrates the opening of the Butterfly Garden on the corner of 167 N (Vienna St) and Hwy 80 East (Georgia Ave) with a ribbon cutting at 11 am on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

This project was a collaboration of the North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners and the City of Ruston to bring beautification and education to the public on the life cycle of butterflies. “I want to thank North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners’ Association for our beautiful Butterfly Garden” said City of Ruston Mayor, Ronny Walker. “What was once a vacant corner in the heart of our city, is now a home to gorgeous flowers, wonderful butterflies, and a fabulous gazebo. This is a perfect example of partnerships with the City of Ruston.”

The garden is home to native plants like zinnias, dianthus, “Texas Star” hibiscus, vitex, milkweed, button bush, blackberry holly, and salvia in a variety of colors. These pollinator plants bring butterflies to the garden and provide a beautiful space in Downtown Ruston. The butterfly at the top of the gazebo structure is a gift from the gardeners in memory of Kathy Davis, who served as president of the organization.