A grand opening is planned for 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, for a new butterfly garden installed at North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 4680 Cordata Parkway.
The garden is a joint venture by North Cascades and Washington State University Extension Master Gardeners, who designed and built it. The garden will serve North Cascade residents, workers and family members, as well as school groups and the general public.
Later, in Bellingham's York neighborhood, a "Butterfly Bicycle Parade" for neighborhood kids is planned for 2 p.m. Sept. 21, with bike decorating, face painting and butterfly-related activities for children.
The York garden began as a perennial flower garden in the mid-1990s and was augmented with butterfly-friendly plantings in 2005. The garden is in the lower level of Rock Hill Park, at the southern end of the 1300 block of Iron Street, next to the freeway.