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City installs pollinator garden at Beaverdams Park

The garden was planted in memory of late Thorold resident Mickey DiFruscio, and is meant to attract monarch butterflies

Work on Battle of Beaverdams Park is in its final stages, and now the city has installed a pollinator garden in the park, in honour of late Thorold resident Mickey DiFruscio.

DiFruscio was a member of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) and he dedicated his life to environmental conservation work. DiFruscio was also heavily involved in local conservation efforts concerning the Lake Gibson Corridor.

The pollinator garden is meant to attract monarch butterflies which DiFruscio loved, as he often used to say: “Long live the monarch butterfly.”

The garden is an initiative of Sassafras Farms owner Chris DiRaddo, who has partnered with the NPCA to help fund the garden and its educational signs. Beaverdams Park was chosen as the location by Mickey’s wife, Elizabeth DiFruscio.

On Wednesday, grade two and grade three students from Prince of Wales School came and helped plant the garden which is now already in bloom.

With the realization of the pollinator garden, one thing is for certain: the park is already looking beautiful.

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Bernard was born and raised in Belgium but moved to Canada in 2012 and has lived in Niagara since 2020. Bernard loves telling people’s stories and wants to get to know those that make Thorold into the great place it is
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