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Elise Haymans


Rededication of Butterfly Garden




October 29, 2018 the new wildlife habitat was dedicated at Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, (CHEC) 10941 Burnt Store Rd., Punta Gorda. Part of the new habitat is the Butterfly Garden dedicated to Elise Haymans on October 29, 1990 by the Punta Gorda Garden Club, exactly 28 years ago from the rededication. The garden was in honor of her serving as Florida Federated Garden Club President from 1989 to 1991. Elise spearheaded the creation of the Florida coreopsis wildflower license plate and coreopsis in the new rain garden portion of the original butterfly garden.

The area demonstrates Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM…..designed, installed and maintained according to the nine Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM principles.  As a result, Charlotte Harbor’s water resources are ortectd and preserved.  The garden’s choice of plants reduces environmental impacts by using rain water stored in citren flowing into a backyard pond and rain garden.  Both features attracts a wide range of wildlife including butterflies birds, hummingbirds, pollinator insects and small animals.

PGGC is pleased to financially support this project with funds from the Holly Days Home Tour.



New Rain Garden


Rain Garden After

Rain Garden before

Rain Garden Before

Rain Garden After

Members Enjoying The Luncheon

Members competed wearing hair adornments made of fresh plant material using the theme bees.