Gardens - Your hometown beautified
The Sterling Foundation began with a singular vision to beautify our hometown by maintaining Sterling Boulevard. That heritage of care and dedication to enriching our environment has continued as our vision and impact have grown beyond the bounds of the boulevard. We’re proud of our efforts in bringing the following local gardens to the Sterling community:

The Helen Casey Memorial Butterfly Garden

The Helen Casey Memorial Butterfly Garden is located at the corner of Sterling Boulevard and Staunton Ave. What began as an Eagle Scout project in 2017 soon blossomed when the Sterling Foundation partnered with their efforts, bringing its network of experts, community leaders, and volunteers. The Foundation was able to help connect multiple Boy and Girl Scout Troops, a Serve Camp, and numerous community volunteers to bring this garden to life. The garden was dedicated to Helen Casey in recognition of her extraordinary volunteer work, love for Sterling, and passion for open green spaces.
The garden features a number of plants specifically chosen to attract butterflies, and hopefully the community too! We firmly believe that when nature is protected, nourished, and beautified, it gathers all of us together and further enriches our community.

Unfortunately, in the fall of 2018, the plants were removed when the local gas company needed to make underground repairs. The majority of the plants were rescued and in spring of 2019 we hope to fully restore the garden.

Interested in volunteering as we help bring the garden back to life and maintain it?
Click here to learn how you can volunteer to become a part of the effort.

The Linek Garden

The Linek Garden is located at the median across from Safeway at the Sterling Plaza. This garden was designed by Edwin Vincent Linek, a former Sterling Foundation board member. The Sterling Foundation has proudly maintained it since his retirement from the board. When Edwin Linek passed away, the Sterling Foundation’s board chair at the time, Aaron Gilman, dedicated the garden in honor of his contributions to the foundation and to Sterling. We’re currently developing plans to further enhance this garden and bring the joy of nature to Sterling Plaza.

Interested in helping upkeep these gardens? Consider coming to a meeting or signing up to volunteer today!

Beautiful flowers at the Helen Casey Memorial Butterfly Garden

Gardens Chair • Jonathan Carter

The Sterling Foundation is very grateful to our Gardens Chair, Jonathan Carter, for managing, planning, and organizing all of our garden initiatives. Jonathan is a long-time volunteer and a third generation member of the Sterling Foundation. He has owned the local business Bull Dog Contracting LLC, which specializes in residential remodeling and repairs, for almost six years. He is a Dominion High School graduate, and enjoys fishing and being outdoors in his free time.