The story of how the walkway and butterfly garden came to be:
In 2013 through generous donations from residents, staff, Board Members, family members and other friends of Cadbury a beautiful paver walkway was created to form a pathway to our gazebo by the pond. This walkway would allow residents and guests easy access to the gazebo where they could relax and enjoy the egrets, herons and other wildlife that visit the community pond. Here engraved pavers purchased through donations to the Friends of Cadbury Fund, celebrate birthdays, wedding anniversaries, remember loved ones and thank others for the joy they have given.
Shorty after the dedication, Fran Baker, our first apartment resident at Cadbury, mentioned that she had attended a butterfly release. “It was beautiful, and so uplifting. I wish we could do that here” said Fran. What a lovely idea! The research began. How? When? Where?
Then a note arrived at the Office of Philanthropy, “Have you ever thought of having a butterfly garden? The Monarch butterfly is disappearing and a garden at Cadbury could help make a difference” shared Bill Gehron. Was this just a coincidence?
It seems we were destined to include a butterfly release and garden as part of our walkway project. Now, each year new engraved pavers are installed and hundreds of Monarchs are released at this annual event. If you haven’t experienced a butterfly coming to life right before your eyes, you can only imagine the joy it brings!
Our Cadbury butterfly garden has been included in the Lewes Garden Tour on two occasions, 2014 & 2015. We were honored to be one of the first residential gardens, not in a private home, to be invited on the tour. We have been the leaders in working with local garden clubs to help establish Official Monarch Waystations throughout the entire area. Our success in educating others about the plight of the Monarch has also led us to work with local students who often visit our campus. Partnering with The Nature Generation we are able to provide books and posters to the schools about the Monarch. With all of the excitement and joy surrounding our first garden, we recently installed a second butterfly garden on the campus. This latest addition is easily accessible to our residents in Assisted Living and Health Care and made possible through a generous grant from the Sussex County Council. Watch us grow!
To learn how you can create a Monarch Waystation contact Monarch Watch – www.monarchwatch.org. When you register your Official Monarch Waystation, please let us know! Contact Patti Griffith, Manager – Office of Philanthropy, at
firstname.lastname@example.org, 302.644.7998 or toll free 866.798 GIVE (4483).