The City is pleased to announce that, with the help of the Friends of Parkville Nature Sanctuary (FOPNS), the Bob Fluchel Memorial Butterfly Garden in the Parkville Nature Sanctuary is ready for visitors. The Nature Sanctuary has an impressive history of offering a remarkable, but simple, nature retreat. The Bob Fluchel Memorial Butterfly Garden is an accessible and visible addition to the Sanctuary.
On February 21, the Board of Aldermen named the garden The Bob Fluchel Memorial Butterfly Garden in honor of the late Bob Fluchel who passed away in 2015. His passion was the intersection of nature conservation and education. After retiring from the Missouri Department of Conservation, Fluchel continued his life’s work as the director of the Nature Sanctuary. Bob’s wife Barbara gave her blessing for the name and mentioned that in addition to his work at the nature sanctuary, Bob helped several schools establish butterfly gardens.
FOPNS is a non-profit friends group that was incorporated in 2015 to supplement existing support from the City and fundraising for future programming, maintenance and development of the nature sanctuaries in Parkville. FOPNS wanted to honor Bob Fluchel, who was the primary driver for creation of the group, by completing a project that was manageable for a first major project. The momentum gained from a completed project will help drive future projects and donations.
Mayor Johnston said, “The City is extraordinarily thankful for the work of Bob Fluchel, the volunteers and FOPNS. We extend a special thank you to Embassy Landscapes. The boulder/rock elements in the original design were removed from the final design due to the cost constraints and Embassy Landscapes donated the labor and materials to complete the original concept. The results of Bob’s passion and hard work will be part of the lasting gift to the citizens who enjoy the Parkville Nature Sanctuary.”
A dedication ceremony, hosted by the City of Parkville and FOPNS, was held on Monday, June 12.
For more information contact Nature Sanctuary Director Joe Ryan at (816) 741-7676 or by e-mail.