Butterfly Garden Flourishes in its First Full Summer

Erin McDermott earned her Girl Scout Gold Bar Award in 2015 by designing and planting a butterfly garden here at Reed-Turner Woodland.  While the focus was on providing food for Monarch butterflies, the garden includes numerous flowering plants that feed many species of butterflies. Erin’s design also included the construction of two benches (one adult size and one sized for the younger set) so that visitors could sit, relax, and enjoy observing what comes to the flowers.

This is the first full year of the garden and it is flourishing.  The plants are healthy and well into their bloom cycle.

Among the plants is milkweed which is an essential element for a Monarch garden, as Monarch caterpillars only feed on the leaves of milkweed.  Milkweed, however, plays a double role.  Its flowers are a food source not only for the Monarch adults but also for hummingbirds who visit the large clusters of tiny flowers for the nectar.  If you are lucky you’ll get to see some of these incredible birds, along with a variety of butterflies.

We invite you to visit the garden, sit and observe the garden and the animals it attracts.  You reach the garden by following the short path which starts on the north side of the parking lot (the same side as the Nature Center entrance sign).

Click on the image below to see some of the flowers in bloom now (July 1) or which are just about to be in bloom in the upcoming weeks.

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