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Butterfly Garden in Paden City Is Completed

By Staff | Jun 22, 2016

Renovations to the garden, located along the Paden City Park’s walking trail, include new fencing and a slight expansion. Photos by Lauren Matthews

A special ceremony was held Tuesday, June 14 in honor of the completed restoration of the Paden City Butterfly Garden. Members of the garden club, Mayor John “Hoppy” Hopkins, Mayor-elect Joel Davis, and representatives from the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce were all on hand to support the completion of the project, spearheaded by Peggy and Leroy Leach.

Preacher of the Paden City Christian Church, Jeff White, offered an invocation prior to the ceremony. Nancy Stender, of the Paden City Garden Club, also spoke, crediting the Leaches for their hard work and perseverance in leading the project.

The humble Leroy Leach spoke as well, expressing gratitude to all who had played a part in the garden’s improvements.

The special spot along Paden City Park’s walking trail stems back approximately 10 years ago when Eagle Scout Adam Cross started the garden for his scout project. Due to weather and age, the garden’s trees and shrubs died and were later being removed by the city.

The garden club did not have funds available and could only weed, prune, and tend what little remained.

Peggy and Leroy Leach

In January, the Paden City Garden Club was named recipients of the $500 “Pay It Forward” grant, given by the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce. Along with another $100 donation, the garden club was able to replace the Paden City Butterfly Garden’s plants, as well as fencing.

Renovations were kicked off on April 4 when Bridgeport Equipment and Tool removed shrubs and tilled and transported fill dirt.

Approximately 125 hours of labor and love have gone into the butterfly garden, which was completed on June 4. Leroy Leach noted that the garden was planted so that there would always be something flourishing, for the garden’s visitors to enjoy. A bench is placed so that weary walkers might also be able to stop and take a rest, near the garden.


The Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce Pay It Forward Program is designed to support projects that benefit Wetzel and Tyler counties in West Virginia, and Monroe County, Ohio. This program, which will contribute in a small way to the betterment of local communities, is one way the Chamber can thank all of its supporters.

The origins of the Paden City Butterfly Garden stem back 10 years ago, to when Eagle Scout Adam Cross first came up with the idea.

The “Pay It Forward” program is for projects that would positively impact a community in all organizations in Wetzel, Tyler, and Monroe Counties.

The grant award amount is $500, and any and all projects are welcome to apply. Only one project will be chosen.

Applications are available online at www.wetzelcountychamber.com or at the Chamber Office located at 201 Main Street, New Martinsville, WV 26155.

The application submission deadline is July 15, 2016. If applications are mailed, they must be postmarked on or before July 15, 2016.

The chamber realizations that a project may take a while to complete. Please fill out the “Pay It Forward” application in full and submit to: Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 271 / 201 Main Street, New Martinsville, WV 26155. Call the chamber office at 304-455-3825 for additional information.

Shown, from left are Peggy Leach, Mayor John “Hoppy” Hopkins, Barbara Hopkins, Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce Member Brian Rogers, Paden City Mayor-elect Joel Davis, Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce Member Terri Tyler, and Leroy Leach. Photos by Lauren Matthews

Projects can range from art installations to fixing potholes. Any and all projects are welcome to apply. A project cannot benefit one individual or business.