The W.T. Bland Public Library had a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, June 23rd for their Nunan Butterfly Garden. The garden, which was completed in 2015, will be transformed with a full refurbishment after the groundbreaking.
The garden was created by landscape architect Stuart Bussian, who volunteered his services, will follow the conventions of Florida-friendly landscaping and will feature nectar plants that are attractive to wildlife. The garden is named after Ruth and Richard Nunan, who were long time library volunteers. The Mount Dora Library Association funded the garden which began as an Eagle Scout project in 2013.
Along with donations to build the butterfly garden, the Mount Dora Library Association donated funds to that include sidewalks through the garden, the Lunsford Learning Pavilion (named for Lillian Lunsford’s family), fences and garden benches.
“The Mount Dora Library Association is proud to provide funding for this project as we intend to make our library a world-class facility,” said Association President Al Wittnebert.
Once the garden is finished, it will be an extension of the library learning commons with programming, educational signage and holiday-themed decorations and celebrations, which is something the library is known for. Additional features include a water fountain, arbors, new irrigation and a color wheel of flowering plants.