by Christine Corliss
From left: K. Macken Landscaping Employees Eliseo Cismeros, Juan Arocho and owner Kevin Macken with Grover Cleveland Middle School seventh grade teacher and environmental club advisor Jane Kinkle
CALDWELL, NJ - The Butterfly Garden at Grover Cleveland Middle School (GCMS), Caldwell, got more than a little help from a friend this August when alumna Kevin Macken answered a plea for help from seventh grade science teacher and environmental club advisor Jane Kinkle. The garden, a certified National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitat once used for outdoor classes and special drama performances, served as the environmental club’s learning center. However, damaged by Hurricane Sandy and several years of harsh winters, the garden became overgrown and filled with weeds and other unwanted plants.
“I invited former GCMS students who are now local landscapers
The landscapers found the garden in disarray, and a bigger project than expected, but Macken gave the instruction, “do whatever needs to be done.” Spending nearly two days removing debris, cutting down trees, weeding and more, the landscapers readied the garden for future club members.
“I wanted to do this because I believe
The garden is now ready for current and future environmentalists to leave their mark, planting new perennials and butterfly-friendly plants.
Donations of perennials or other butterfly-friendly plants are welcome. To donate perennials or other appropriate garden plants, please send an e-mail.
“I was hoping that the landscapers would provide advice and
K. Macken Landscaping
20 Lee Dr
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
Grover Cleveland Middle School
Principal: James Brown
36 Academy Road
Caldwell, NJ 07006
Christine Corliss is the Data Specialist and Communications Coordinator for the