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Hospital, city are proud to partner with People’s Garden

Published: Monday, June 2, 2014 4:43 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 2, 2014 4:46 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The recently-planted People’s Garden continues to receive interest and support from area leaders.

On Monday, Perry Memorial Hospital President/CEO Rex Conger said Perry Memorial Hospital provided support for the People’s Garden by allowing the garden to be located on hospital property. The new garden is located on hospital-owned green space next to Princeton Public Library on East Peru Street.

“We thought that this is something good for our community and were pleased to provide the space to be used for the garden,” Conger said Monday.

In its involvement, the city of Princeton is providing access to water for the People’s Garden from the hydrant located on the property.

On Monday, Mayor Keith Cain said the People’s Garden is another way for the community to enjoy nature and to have the community involved in a project that makes the city more attractive to its residents and tourists.

As reported earlier in the Bureau County Republican, People’s Garden project organizer Ellen Starr, a biologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Princeton, said this is the first year to have a People’s Garden in Princeton. The garden is a “food plot” for pollinators, such as honey bees, native bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The garden will hopefully increase awareness of the importance of pollinators and also teach people how pollinators can help on their own properties, she said.

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