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A recent Sterling Foundation project in Sterling Park is the installation of a new butterfly garden known as the Helen Casey Memorial Butterfly Garden named after a well-known community member who passed away in January 2016.
Helen was a community activist and volunteer in Loudoun for most of her 40 years as a resident. Her many activities included: Chair of the Eastern Loudoun League of Women Voters, founding member of the Bypass Alternative Review Committee, Board Secretary of Sterling Citizens for Action Now, Eastern Loudoun representative on a citizens advisory panel for the Northern Virginia Sub regional Transportation Plan and founding board member of the Loudoun County Transportation Association (now known as the Virginia Regional Transportation Association). In addition, she was appointed by Gov. George Allen in 1988 to serve on the Goose Creek Scenic River Advisory Board (GSCAB), serving as chairman of the board from 1999 to 2009. In 2009 she was formally recognized by the Loudoun Board of Supervisors for her efforts with GSCAB. She also attended virtually every County Board of Supervisors meeting from 1986 until 2010.
Under the excellent leadership of Todd Gallant and with the help of the New Ag School and wonderful Sterling neighbors, the Helen Casey Memorial Butterfly Garden was finally reworked and completed. Twenty volunteers, wearing masks, came out to establish planting beds by cut striping the sod, edging garden beds and tilling the soil.
The following weekend thirty seven volunteers participated in planting 400 native plant plugs in the prepared beds. Volunteers included Boy Scout Troop 966, The Sterling Elks Local 2406, Serve Camp and other local folks in the surrounding community. More than a dozen neighbors contributed over $1,300 to cover the cost of the plants. Celeste Duarte designed the garden and the native plants were purchased at Watermark Woods in Hamilton. The community butterfly garden is located in an area by East Staunton Avenue and Sterling Boulevard.
For more information contact Cheryl Villalobos
Sterling Foundation Chair
703 430-9472 – leave message
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