Decatur's newest garden is for the birds. And the bees.
The Decatur High School Beekeepers Club worked with 's Birds, Butterflies and Bees program to develop a pollinator garden at the corner of West Howard and Commerce, near the school's community garden.
The garden will be dedicated on Wednesday, April 25, at 4 p.m. with student speeches, a ribbon cutting, cake and other refreshments.
The public is invited; parking is behind .
DHS students raised money for more than a year for the garden, which they designed and planted.
The and the awarded grants to the garden. hosted a fundraiser evening and created a special dish -- the Bird’s, Butterflies, and Bees -- that helped buy plants for the garden.
Students worked with EcoAddendum's Lauren Sandoval and DHS teacher Angela Wade to plan, measure and clear the garden area, planting more than 200 native plants, 16 shrubs and a dogwood.
The garden is a National Wildlife Federation-certified schoolyard habitat and will have student-made clay plant labels with both Latin and common names.
Members of the also contributed to building the garden, and volunteers from the Samuel L. Jones Boys and Girls Club worked to prepare it for Wednesday's dedication.
"We hope that the community will join us in celebrating this garden that will continue to beautify our community for years to come," said Sandoval.