Platte Co Visitors Bureau

Visitors Center unveils new Butterfly Garden

Garden sculpture given in memory of Pam Kluck

by Clara Preister, CVB Intern

On June 28, the Columbus Area Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted an unveiling of their new sculpture and newly landscaped butterfly garden located outside their doors at 1464 26th Avenue. The butterfly garden sculpture was given by the Kluck family in memory of Pam Kluck honoring her love of gardening. The Sprigs and Sprouts Garden Club donated plants for the butterfly garden as their 2024 community project. 

With the help of Pam’s husband, Galen Kluck, a beautiful sculpture in the butterfly garden was unveiled. The sculpture named Flora Mandrel was created by Carl Weiss of Springfield, NE. It showcases metal flowers and cattails on a rock base. You can learn more about the piece by participating in the new sculpture walk.  

Thank you to the Sprigs and Sprouts Garden Club members, especially Extension Master Gardeners Pat Mueller and Mari Melcher, as well as Club members, Shirley Wachal, Susan Klug, Mary Leibig, Karen Paben, and Cec Bartholomew. Also, thank you to City of Columbus Doug Moore for topsoil, Chamber of Commerce Sandie Fischer for wood mulch, Theresa Grape’s family for rock removal, Earl May’s Chad Ditter, Platte County Board of Supervisors and Advisory Council, and Columbus Area Arts Council Director Elley Coffin for including the sculpture in the Trackside District Sculpture Walk.

In the garden, a flagstone walking path leads to a bench. “We encourage people to sit on the bench and just take a minute to relax,” stated Extension Master Gardener Mari Melcher. “The butterfly garden flowers are inviting so no matter where you come from, you feel welcome,” she added.  

The Columbus Area Convention and Visitors Bureau invites the community to stop by and enjoy the new butterfly garden. 

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