Celebrating 60 Years: Erie Homes for Children & Adults


Wednesday Feb 4th, 2015

Dahlkemper Landscape Architects & Contractors had been doing a number of projects for Erie Homes for Children and Adults, formerly the Erie Infants Home. These included landscape improvements and group home improvements to keep up the look and provide easier maintenance.

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In 1997 an idea was floated to develop a garden of memories for the residents and former residents of the home. This became a butterfly garden with flowers for pollinators, a water features to soften the city sounds, raised planting areas and built in seating areas.

Since its installation, it has been maintained voluntarily by Chuck Dahlkemper in memory of his granddaughter, Krista, who had taken respite care at Erie Homes.

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Today, the garden remains a focus of a memorial service each year that includes a butterfly release. This tradition has deep meaning to those who are remembered.

Improving the environment for those who we love for 60 years!


Krista and I would like to pass on to your crew that we really do enjoy our front yard. We have found people stopping by to look at it as if it were a piece of art, of course we know it is. It has made a big difference in our enjoyment of our home. We will highly recommend you to all of our friends.

Jim Strafford

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