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The Gardens at the Reddick Mansion certified by association

OTTAWA – The Reddick Mansion Association announced recently it received certifications for its gardens.

The Gardens at the Reddick Mansion have been recognized as a “Certified Wildlife Habitat” by The National Wildlife Federation (NWF); as well as being named a “Certified Butterfly Garden” by the North American Butterfly Association and a “Certified Monarch Watch Stop” by Monarch Watch, an educational outreach program based at the University of Kansas, according to a news release. The Reddick Mansion Gardens also include the only Certified Herb Garden in LaSalle County.

The NWF certification recognizes the efforts of the mansion association to create a garden space that improves habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife by providing essential elements – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young.

Becoming a Certified Butterfly Garden and a Monarch Watch Stop required Nancy Barta, association board member and chair of the Gardens Committee, and her crew of volunteers to provide more than 20 varieties of plants specifically for butterflies including milkweed, purple cone flowers, catmint, honeysuckle and bee balm.

“We must be doing it right,” Barta said in the release, “because last week I saw Monarch butterflies in the gardens as well as a Monarch chrysalis.”

The association invites people to stroll through the gardens and enjoy the lush plants, beautiful flowers and active wildlife. The gardens and the mansion itself are available for rent for private events such as weddings, meetings and parties. For information, contact the Reddick Mansion at 815-433-6100 or contact@reddickmansion.org. If you would like to help in the gardens, contact Nancy Barta at 815-433-4963 or atrab@mchsi.com.

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