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Keep Houston Beautiful Coordinates Creation Of Alief Nature Play Garden

Keep Houston Beautiful is coordinating the creation of a butterfly-themed nature play garden in Alief Saturday.

This garden in the Alief Community Garden will have play areas, balance beams, a reading area, fruit trees, vines and other greenery.

It will be built Saturday, December 8, at 8410 Dairy View Lane. Work will be done from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Neighborhood youth groups will work until 11:30 a.m.

On-site contact Saturday will be Robin Blut, Executive Director of Keep Houston Beautiful, 713-805-1201.

Interview opportunities besides Robin Blut, include landscape architect Susan Cita, the designer of the project; outgoing KHB Chair Dan Sullenbarger, Marathon Oil Corporation; new KHB Chair Jim Tates, Scotts Miracle-Gro; a Lowe’s representative; and, of course, neighborhood folks and volunteers.

Members of KHB’s Landscape Committee will be on site to help instruct the volunteers on how to layout the stone antennas of the butterfly wings, construct the turtle play area, balance beams and log circle reading area. Volunteers will build vine Tee-Pees, herb and butterfly spiral wings and an entry trellis and plant pecan and orange trees.

This is the largest nature play garden KHB volunteers have ever constructed. The Alief Community Garden was selected for the build since they already have a split roof Butterfly Pavilion on the site that collects rain water. The University of Houston Graduate Design/Build Studio designed the shade structure for the Alief Community Garden. The butterfly-themed Nature Play Garden and Butterfly Pavilion complement each other.

The play garden is funded by a $20,000 grant from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, one of 120 grants the Foundation has awarded to Keep America Beautiful affiliates across the country. In addition, 119 volunteers from Lowe’s will help Saturday with the construction of the play garden.

TBG Partners donated landscape design; Scotts- Miracle Gro, garden soil and mulch; Upchurch Kimbrough, boulders and stones; Alamo Stones is delivering

product; and CenterPoint Energy is providing green uncut mulch for paths.

Community partners include the Alief Community Garden, Alief Super Neighborhood Council, the International Management District and the City of Houston’s Department of Public Works and Engineering, Streets and Bridges Division.

The Alief Community Garden is across the street from Youngblood Intermediate School on a site leased from the Alief School District for $1 a year.

Sue Davis, 713-392-6011 /

On-site contact Saturday:
Robin Blut, Keep Houston Beautiful,

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