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Retired professor builds garden for butterflies in her society

May 25, 2023 01:10 AM IST

In just five months, Poonam Kurve, was able to execute her plans and build a garden, replete with painted stones, a variety of plants and artificial butterflies, designed to attract the colourful winged insects.

Thane: Soon after she retired as a zoology professor, Poonam Kurve, 60, had plans to build a butterfly garden in her housing complex. In just five months, she was able to execute her plans and build a garden, replete with painted stones, a variety of plants and artificial butterflies, designed to attract the colourful winged insects.

Sixty-year-old retired zoology professor Poonam Kurve Kurve, who taught at B N Bandodkar College of Science, Thane, said that three types of butterflies have visited the garden, more varieties are expected to arrive between the months of June and October. (PRAFUL GANGURDE / HT PHOTO)
Sixty-year-old retired zoology professor Poonam Kurve Kurve, who taught at B N Bandodkar College of Science, Thane, said that three types of butterflies have visited the garden, more varieties are expected to arrive between the months of June and October. (PRAFUL GANGURDE / HT PHOTO)

Kurve, who taught at B N Bandodkar College of Science, Thane, said that though three types of butterflies have visited the garden, more varieties are expected to arrive between the months of June and October.

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Given her expertise in the subject, Kurve hopes that the children in her society — Kores Tower located at Vartak Nagar in Thane — will enjoy the garden and learn about butterflies as well.

“I retired in December 2022 and decided to do something with what I have learnt and taught as a teacher. I came up with the idea to have a butterfly garden in my own society and this idea was supported by other residents too. This way, I started building the garden that will help others learn about the life cycle of a butterfly,” said Kurve.

She plans to organise presentations in the garden for the children explaining the importance of butterflies and their life cycle.

“The life cycle of a butterfly is very interesting and not everyone knows about it. I want the children to learn about it so that they can also build more such spaces for the butterflies to breed. The next generation should also be aware of whatever I have learnt. It is a kind of conservation and education project,” added Kurve.

“Three types of butterflies have already visited the garden and I have been monitoring them. During the period between July and October, there will be more butterflies. Right now, I am trying to make the garden look attractive for the children so that they also have interest to come and see it,” she said.

The garden has a variety of plants such as host plants and nectar plants, which include curry leaves, nerium, custard apple, lemon, verbena, pentas, vinca, hibiscus etc.

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