National Wildlife Federation touts local Butterfly Garden

Photo courtesy David Mach
Photo courtesy David Mach

The Kearny Butterfly Garden has been accorded recognition by the National Wildlife Federation, the country’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization.

In a July 22 announcement, the NWF said the KBG has successfully created a “certified wildlife habitat.”

The announcement commended David Mach and fellow gardeners for developing a space “that improves habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife by providing … natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young.”

Said Mach: “Working with the wonderful people of Kearny to redesign otherwise vacant space to make it more inviting to wildlife not only gives us something to enjoy but also helps us to be greener.

“The Kearny Butterfly Garden’s habitat has dozens of flower varieties that bloom year after year, using organic fertilizers that attract not only butterflies, but all sorts of insects and bees, turtles, rabbits, snakes, possum, raccoons, birds, and yes, even groundhogs,” Mach said.

Mach invited town residents to visit the garden at 487 Passaic Ave. and to check out photos of the place posted at ButterflyGarden.

For more information on gardening for wildlife, visit or call 1-800-822- 9919.

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