Thursday, October 21, 2021




By Nancy Richie

Dozens of donated plants were replanted in the City of Marco Island’s Calusa Park Butterfly Garden by the city’s Beautification Advisory Committee members: Susan LaGrotta, Linda Colombo and Bob Kennedy. Joining them in their labor of love were Alex Dubicki, Paul Crain, and, loyal supporter and favorite dog, Barron.

The Waterway Cove complex in “Old Marco” is currently giving its landscape a facelift. Via homeowner association president, Marianne Maniace, lirope and bromeliads were donated to the City’s promising Butterfly Garden. A generous gesture that was very appropriate for Earth Day. Tom Trombly of EarthCare removed the plants at Waterway Cove and Alex Dubicki delivered them to the Butterfly Garden – ready to plant by the Beautification Advisory Committee volunteers. Barron just wagged and wagged his tail!

Susan LaGrotta has coined the concept “PlantMarco” as it enhances the beauty of Marco Island by promoting native plant species within landscapes, resulting in water conservation, less chemical use for pests and fertilizers, and lower costs in maintenance of landscapes and parks. Anyone interested in donating Florida Friendly Landscape (FFL) plants, will be assured they will be planted in Calusa Park.

“PlantMarco” makes Earth Day ev- ery day on Marco Island! If you would like to donate, volunteer, or receive FFL practice information, please contact Nancy Richie, Environmental Specialist, City of Marco Island, at 239-389-5003 or

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