To the editor:
While it is important to combat invasive and pervasive speices by spraying, unfortunatley there are casulties. One of these casulities here in the county is that we have killed off the milkweed plant which the monarch butterflies must have to survive.
I am a certified wild-life habitat gardener from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife (among other things) and I have on hand about 500 or so seeds that need to be planted this coming spring.
I give free programs on wildlife habitat gardening and am willing, for free, to speak to any local group interested in helping get these seeds planted and bring back the milkweed plant here in the county. The free program includes about an half-hour discussion about the importance of saving out native species as well as free reading materials that discusses the importance and beauty of our native species.
If any boy scout group, girl scout group or any other organization would be willing to have me, I would like to get these seeds planted around April this coming spring.
Please call and help me with this volunteer program at 859-235-9897. Again, this is a free program and I hope some of the groups out there will pitch in and spread the word on how important it is not only for our native species but also our own welfare that we be good stewards of the Earth.
I would also like to thank Danny Gasser of Gasser’s Landscaping and Lawn Service who understands the importance of including native flowers in our landscaping. His donation of the beautiful purple coneflower, an essential plant to attract butterflies, delighted the winner during my workshop with the Cynthiana Women’s Club. Be sure to ask for native plants when you visit his greenhouse on Oddville Avenue.
Jean-Ann (Mrs. Jeff) Kerr
559 Phillips Lane
Cynthiana, KY 41031