Volunteers plant a butterfly garden at the New Jersey Botanical Garden, formally known as Skylands, on April 29, 2017.

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RINGWOOD — A strip of bare soil at the state’s Botanical Garden buzzed with activity this past weekend as volunteers planted an invitation to pollinators.

The new butterfly garden at Skylands, the New Jersey Botanical Garden, was conceived during a walk-through last summer, said master gardener Ken Merz. A regular volunteer at Skylands, Merz, with the Master Gardener Association of Passaic County, said a specific place for pollinators was conspicuous in its absence.

The Bergen County Audubon Society stepped up to fill that hole by providing the butterfly-attracting plantings and sponsoring the garden in a space selected by Skylands administrators, he said.

The all-volunteer effort was yet another example of locals teaming up to better the Garden State’s official garden, said Maja Britton of the…