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Healing Garden at Cunningham Park

Volunteers work on a butterfly garden to help heal the lives of Joplin Tornado survivors.
JOPLIN, MO--- Volunteers spent the morning building a butterfly garden at Cunningham Park. Butterfly-friendly trees, shrubs, and flowers were planted at the northeast corner of the park. Lead architects say the park is designed to be a center of peace for tornado survivors and the Joplin community. Funding is being provided by the TFK Foundation, which specializes in building healing gardens.

"There are numerous places to sit in the garden. There are plants that attract butterflies. There is the sound of water that helps people heal," says Project Manager Nancy Chikaraishi.

Coordinators say the project will be completed over the next couple of months. Everyone is invited to the dedication ceremony which will be held on May 22nd at 5:41pm, which is the time the May 2011 tornado touched down in Joplin. The next planting session will be Monday at 9am if anyone is interested in volunteering.
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