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Law Office's Haven for Butterflies and Bees

Marija Main - Thursday, July 21, 2016

The property that Leanne Rapley's Law Office is now situated upon was previously ridden with unruly weeds and not tended to for many years. When Leanne set to move her office to this visible corner lot in The Beach, she set out to make significant changes to both the interior and exterior spaces. Her dedication has completely transformed this part of Queen Street. Clients, pedestrians, dog-walkers and tourists are treated to a show-stopping and breathtaking corner garden in full summer bloom.

The gardens are planted with milkweed, echinacea, sunflowers, bee balm, butterfly bush and other bee and butterfly-loving plants. I was lucky to catch a few dozen busy bees and a couple of varieties of butterflies luxuriating amidst the flowers.

In speaking to Leanne and her staff, I discovered that a deer had surprised her staff by strolling the rose-lined path directly outside their main office window! It is obvious that the garden is attracting wildlife beyond just the butterflies and the bees.

It is such a pleasure to stroll past this garden or admire it while I wait for the streetcar. More commercial properties need to follow suit and make our urban environments more green, more healthy and more inspiring!

Thank you to Rapley & Company for making The Beach a that much prettier and a better place to live:
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Jennifer commented on 01-Aug-2016 07:47 PM
I love the idea of having a garden that attracts bees and butterflies. Not only is it great for the insects, but its great for the environment. The picture of the butterfly on the echinacea is beautiful! I definitely agree with you that more businesses should follow by making gardens that are great for the environment. Save the bees!
Urban Secret Gardens commented on 03-Aug-2016 11:56 AM
Thank you for the comment, Jennifer! I agree, save the urban bees!

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