Kindness Gardens Taking Root At Dickinson Park

There’s something taking root and growing across the nation…kindness! KINDNESS GARDENS, an environmental initiative between the CVH Animal Sanctuary and civic organizations, work to beautify the land while increasing the number of truly native plants in each ecoregion. To date, 10,500 square feet of pollinator habitat has been planted in Connecticut and New York, creating a safe haven and source of sustenance for pollinators, beneficial insects and butterflies in community spaces.

In a new and exciting partnership, Kindness Gardens are now teaming up as an affiliate of Garden for Wildlife to expand the initiative to communities all across the country. Garden For Wildlife, part of the National Wildlife Federation, helps citizens discover how they can make a difference to wildlife and people by planting the right plants for the right place. "On behalf of Garden for Wildlife, I'm thrilled for our partnership with the CVH Foundation. We share a common mission to create pollinator and bird friendly habitats to help save our endangered wildlife, so the opportunity to leverage our plant donation program to accelerate the planting of Kindness Gardens across the country is a way to make a bigger impact much more quickly,” said Shubber Ali, CEO Garden for Wildlife.

The new affiliation was announced and celebrated in June at this year’s Catherine’s Butterfly Party. In addition to showcasing ecotype project perennials, Garden for Wildlife matched any plant purchased to establish a Kindness Garden at the children’s playground in Dickinson Park. As a result, Garden for Wildlife donated 225 ecotype pollinator plants for a Kindness Garden to be planted at Dickinson Memorial Park in Newtown, CT on Wednesday, September 27 from 10:00am-2:00pm.

Jenny Hubbard, President of the CVH Animal Sanctuary, looks forward to sharing these beautiful gardens with the Newtown community, “I am grateful Garden for Wildlife would launch our affiliation at Dickinson Park in Newtown. This beautiful space serves as the backdrop for so many quaint memories - times Catherine would meet friends, play with her brother or where she and I would spend summer afternoons. It’s seems most appropriate this beautiful park will now also provide safe haven to the endangered monarch butterflies and pollinators.”

Volunteers and representatives from the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary and Washington DC based, Garden for Wildlife, will be planting the Kindness Gardens and available for interviews. To learn more about the CVH Animal Sanctuary or Kindness Gardens, visit

Submitted by Newtown, CT

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