Information in support of NGC, the gardens of Matzke Park, and our homes. Association for Better Community Schools (ABCS) was founded in 1994 to preserve these 20 acres for public use. In 2007 Norchester Garden Club (NGC) members developed, and still maintain, the Butterfly Garden. NGC projects, meeting notices, and programs are reported here and the public is welcome to participate. Email questions or comments to ABCS.Park@att.net - Check out the Archives and Links on the right
Daycare Teachers... The Matzke Park Butterfly Garden and Learning Center
invites your classes for ages 4-7 to a free, forty-five minute program on the
life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly presented by Norchester Garden Club.
Each class lasts 45 minutes and includes: A story in the
Gazebo by Catherine the Caterpillar; a guided walk in the garden to identify
plants and perhaps find a feeding caterpillar; a short craft. Two teachers must
accompany each group of seven children. (21 children per session)
am 10:00 am 11:00am
Currently Available Dates:
April 18, Thursday
April 19, Friday
April 26, Friday
April 29, Monday
April 30, Tuesday
Reservations required. Reservation deadline: April 12,
For Reservations or Further Inquires:Please leave your
contact information at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to
After you have made a reservation you will be sent a
required release form to be returned with the names of the teachers who will be
bringing the children. There will be no rain date. Matzke Park Entrance is on
Jones Road, opposite McDonalds. The garden is beyond the building. There is a
large playground structure near the garden as well as benches and picnic
tables. Rest rooms are in the building.
The new Matzke Butterfly Garden Fence... that is. It is going up. They began to install the panels this morning and I think it looks absolutely GREAT. It will be so much nicer and easier to maintain. There should be no maintenance at all. The baked on white powder coat over the iron should hold up very well. And a bit of spray enamel will take care of scratches that might rust. The base of the pickets are intended to be about 6 inches off the ground to keep soccer balls out, yet provide easy access to weed from both sides. Higher is also better when it comes to the kids who like to vault it from time-to-time. The top of the pickets should discourage that behavior as well.
Although the planning began much earlier, the initial garden construction began on 22 March, 2007 after the water line was in place. So the garden is two months shy of being 6 years old. We are so fortunate to have such generous benefactors that have provided this new fence and most of the permanent structures in the garden over the past 6 years. Thank you, thank you.
The garden is enjoyed daily by many and will be for years to come.