The 12-acre lake that is the signature physical feature of the Clayton State University campus has been known as “Swan Lake” for the past dozen years, in honor of the swans that have graced its surface since 1994.
Now, Swan Lake will be getting some new inhabitants, to go along with the swans, geese and ducks.
Starting on Thursday, Sept. 27, the Clayton State Retiree’s Association (notably retired Professor of Biology Dr. Helen Brown) and the University’s Landscape Management Department will be planting a Butterfly/Hummingbird Garden between Swan Lake and the James M. Baker University Center, directly across the lake from Spivey Hall. Landscape Management will be preparing the area on Thursday, and will be planting all day Friday, Sept. 28.
According to Justin Brooks, Clayton State horticulturist/arborist and assistant landscape director, all plants in the new garden will have permanent labels which will show the plant’s common name, botanical name and family for identification.
“The garden will give others great information on what plants will attract and will host butterflies and hummingbirds,” he adds.