One of my colleagues told me about a really neat partnership between Kellor & Kellor Landscaping and the Zoo Garden at Weed park. On Dec. 21, Mike Kellor and his sister, Andrea, presented Maryrose Peterschmidt and Marci Stephens, two of the gardeners who oversee the Zoo Garden, with a $561.67 check. Each year, Kellor & Kellor donates a percentage of their sales from Fathers Day weekend to the Zoo Garden as a way to honor their father, Rich Kellor. They have been making these donations since 2011.
However, the connection between Kellor & Kellor and the Zoo Garden goes much farther back. In 2006, Peterschmidt first thought up creating the Zoo Garden. She needed a final project to complete her Iowa State University Master Gardener certification, and she thought restoring the location of the old Weed Park Zoo and preserving its history would be a great fit.
As Peterschmidt and several other Zoo Garden Committee members started working on their new project, they knew they would need professional assistance with the design and hardscaping, so they contacted Kellor & Kellor Landscaping. “Rich Kellor was the original designer who got the Zoo Garden started,” shared Peterschmidt. Rich Kellor also helped secure some of the original funding that helped the Zoo Garden get up and running.
Today, Kellor & Kellor’s ongoing support helps keep the Zoo Garden going strong. “It’s been nice to work with Kellors over the years,” said Peterschmidt. “Mike is continuing his dad’s legacy at the zoo garden, and we’re thankful for that.”
With this year’s donation, the Zoo Garden hopes to begin the process of adding more animal sculptures, providing updated educational storyboards, and repairing the speakers in the kiosks throughout the garden. As they start planning them they welcome any volunteers interested in assisting to contact Peterschmidt by calling (563)-263-0846 or emailing her at [email protected]. If you would like to join the Kellors in supporting the Zoo Garden financially, you may make a donation on the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine’s website.
Kellor & Kellor’s support of the Zoo Garden is just one great way Muscatine businesses give back. It’s always awesome to see how Muscatine businesses take care of their community every day!