The Rome-Floyd E.C.O. Center is hosting a Garden Party to celebrate the designation of the Ridge and Valley Garden to the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail.  The public is invited to attend the celebration on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 from 2 p.m. to  4 p.m.

“The Ridge and Valley Garden at the E.C.O. Center provides an experiential learning opportunity to promote the importance of pollinators in our local ecology,” said E.C.O. Center Director, Ben Winkelman.

Master Gardeners, Pat York and Carolyn McGuiness, will present a talk on the history of the garden and the native plants at 2:30 p.m. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions before and after the presentation.

The Rosalynn Carter Butterfly trail was established in 2013 by Annette Wise with the Georgia Department of Education to encourage the conservation of butterflies and their habitats. The trail was inspired by Mrs. Carter’s desire to bring public awareness to the declining monarch butterfly population.

The Ridge and Valley Garden is now the second garden in Rome to be added as a site to The Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail. The Chieftains Demonstration Garden, developed in conjunction with the Floyd County Master Gardeners, is also designated as a site along the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail.

The Ridge and Valley Garden is located in front of the E.C.O. Center at Ridge Ferry Park. For questions about the event, contact Emma Wells at 706-622-6435.