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Fort’s butterfly garden a labor of love

The Entrance of the Fort Larned Historic Site features a butterfly garden, created by fort volunteer Steve Stearns.

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Steve Stearns transformed a contemplative time in his life into helping others enjoy the outdoors at Fort Larned National Historic Site.
After he had lost his wife of 45 years, the timing of helping with a butterfly garden at the entrance of Fort Larned was perfect. He’s worked as a Larned Middle School teacher and his wife worked as a clinical therapist at Larned State Hospital after they moved from Georgia.
“One visitor said it was the most inventive butterfly garden he’d ever seen,” Stearns said. “It was nice timing for me.”
Stearns had volunteered in the past ...


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