Scout's butterfly garden could get Eagle honor

By Jessica Overstreet
Staff Writer
Posted 7/4/07

DAPHNE — Robert Colville is working on a project that he hopes will earn him qualifications to become an Eagle scout.

Colville, along with volunteers, recently planted a butterfly garden along the Baldwin County Trailblazers’ walking path in …

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Scout's butterfly garden could get Eagle honor

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DAPHNE — Robert Colville is working on a project that he hopes will earn him qualifications to become an Eagle scout.

Colville, along with volunteers, recently planted a butterfly garden along the Baldwin County Trailblazers’ walking path in Daphne’s Gator Alley, according to Tomasina Werner, a Daphne Beautification Committee member.

A butterfly garden is just that: a garden with trees, plants and flowers that attract butterflies, Werner said.

For the past six weeks, Colville has been researching, planning and laboring in the garden to try to complete the project, he said.

“There are about 150 plants and 12 different species (in the garden),” Colville said.

Colville sent out letters to local residents for donations to help with the project. The donations allowed him to buy plants from Summit Landscape Supply in Loxley and Rancho La Orguidea in Milton, Fla., he said.

“We have a little of everything in there: milkweed, fennel, butterfly bushes, parsley; a lot of different things,” Colville said.

Colville was able to get his family and outside volunteers to help with the project.

“Other scouts from Troop 177 helped and so did members of the beautification committee,” Colville said.

Scott Koblas and the Tieco Irrigation Company donated an irrigation system, according to Werner.

“There’s a spigot sticking up through the ground as part of the irrigation system that the city can hook the water truck up to with a hose and it works as a sprinkler system,” Colville said.

The city is expected to begin piping water to the irrigation system this week, Werner said in e-mail Friday.

“It’s mostly done, but we have to redo some plants that died because of the drought,” Colville said of the garden.

This project may help Colville earn his honors as an Eagle scout because it is a way for him to contribute to the environment and help out in the community, he said.

Dedication for the garden will take place in mid-July, Werner said.