Assateague Pointe Butterfly Garden. The Board chose A. The garden was to be located near the playground area just inside the front gate. By summer of the new Butterfly Garden was a display of perennial and annual flowers of many types and colors. Wood boards outline the large plot and a water spray system has been installed with the support of the HOA Board. The sandy native soil has been cultivated and enriched with organic components.
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She planned and planted a school butterfly garden with sixth and seventh graders in Maryland, and wrote the article to make it easier for others to do similar projects. Step 1: Planning to Plant Smith outlines a series of planning steps as follows: Get permission from the school administration and maintenance personnel to plant a garden.
It is especially important to gain the support of the people who mow the grounds. Hold a brainstorming session with the class to generate interest in butterflies. Talk about how butterflies use plants, and how they need special plants at different times in their life cycle. Discuss the work involved in a garden, including maintaining the garden during the summer and raising money for seeds and other materials. Also brainstorm benefits of a garden their list included decreased noise and air pollution from reduced mowing; reduced soil erosion; a beautiful garden; a supply of cut flowers to sell or give to nursing homes, hospitals, etc.
Develop a time line for the garden. If you start from seed, as she did, you will need at least three months. Their time line was roughly as follows. First month: get administrative support, choose a site, hold fund-raisers, order seeds, germinate seeds. Second month: monitor plant growth, design the garden. Third month: prepare garden site, transplant seedlings. As a class, decide on the criteria you will use to judge a site.
Smith's class considered available sunlight, level of foot traffic, visibility to school and community, and vulnerability to vandalism. They chose a courtyard that was visible but protected. Step 2: Planning the Garden Choose plants as a class, perhaps in small groups. Sources of information include seed catalogs, gardening magazines, books about butterflies and butterfly gardening see bibliography , and other resources.
Encourage students to choose plants that bloom at different times. Also consider plant height, color, and length of blooming time. Variety is nice in all these variables. Make suggestions as to the garden design, such as choosing colors that 5.
Offer resources that have other suggestions for garden planning. Plan the garden together. Step 3: Starting Seedlings Buy seeds. Sources include gardening catalogs, hardware stores, and nurseries.
Have students bring in yogurt containers, foam egg cartons, and the like to use to start seeds. Smith bought the other supplies from hardware stores and nurseries, including seed- starting potting soil, fertilizer, and straw, shovels, a rake, and a hoe. Look into donations. Smith received horse manure from a stable, grass clippings from a school playing field for mulch, and tools students had at home.
Plant seedlings: Punch a small hole in the bottom of containers, fill with soil, bury seeds according to instructions, place containers on trays to catch extra water.
Students should be responsible for caring for their plants. They can also measure plant growth, germination time, and other variables and keep track of the information in a science journal or lab notebook. After 4 to 6 weeks, seedlings will be ready to transplant. Step 4: Planting the Garden Prepare the soil.
Turn it over and add some fertilizer. Plant seedlings. Make sure danger of frost is past. Apply mulch to prevent soil erosion and maintain soil moisture. Set up a schedule for garden maintenance as a class. Tasks may include watering, weeding, and replacing mulch. Smith's class set up a time to observe the garden and its health once a week. Clarify a no pesticide policy. Step 5: Enjoying the Garden Once the garden is going, and especially after flowers bloom, take time to enjoy the garden and to observe butterfly activity there.
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I want to plant a butterfly garden for my grandchildren. What plants would you suggest beyond butterfly bush? While butterfly bush quickly comes to mind, it is not the best by itself. It provides nectar but no food for the other life stage of butterflies, i.
Butterfly gardens are noteworthy in the variety of flowering plants that attract many types of butterflies. Some plants are even very specific for one type.
Not to worry. Summer brings all the sunshine a butterfly could want, while butterfly-friendly vegetation thrives. Maryland, in fact, has an official state butterfly — the Baltimore Checkerspot — and Calvert County has adopted the Zebra Swallowtail as its official insect. These are just two among dozens of butterfly species common to the area: swallowtails alone boast seven varieties in addition to the Zebra, according to the U. Just log onto www. While differing widely in color and markings, butterflies have pretty much the same eating habits, a plus in planning a butterfly garden. As in real estate, the key to butterfly feeding is location, location, location. You already know that butterflies like sun. So you want an open area, but one as protected as possible from the wind — no hilltops.
Butterflies are always looking for nectar, so if you can provide the tastiest meal, you can keep them around! Become a better gardener! Discover our new Almanac Garden Planner features forButterflies and flowers were made for each other, and there are certain flowers that butterflies absolutely love to be around.
To plant or not to plant has been the question surrounding butterfly bush Buddleia or Buddleja davidii for years. Its many blossoms, although irresistible to butterflies, can lead to aggressive re-seeding. Thankfully, breeders have been able to develop sterile or nearly-sterile cultivars, often referred to as summer lilac, and those are the ones we will focus on here. Butterfly bush is not known to be toxic to humans or animals, but not to be confused with butterfly weed which is toxic to both. Butterfly bush is a perfect choice for fending off deer in your garden, as it is not on their preferred menu. Butterfly bush is best planted in the spring or fall.
One of the pleasures I enjoy about a garden is watching all the wildlife that comes to visit. I am particularly fond of those little acrobats of the sky: butterflies. They really bring a flower border to life as they flutter from bloom to bloom. Luring butterflies to a garden is really quite simple and the plants that attract them also add a lot of beauty. Here are some tips to get you started. If you want to increase the population of these showy little guys around your place, you need to provide food for two different parts of their life cycle, as larvae or caterpillars and as adult butterflies. Plants suited for the larva stage are commonly referred to as host plants and adult butterflies feed on nectar plants.
Here is a tried-and-true list of the best native plants for our Mid-Atlantic shoots on the opposite side of the garden and continues her delicate dance.
With a grant provided by the National Fish And Wildlife Foundation and matching funding by the Friends of Blackwater, extension of the original garden pathway to tie into the new wing of the Visitor Center was undertaken during the spring and summer and completed in September. Addition of native plants with identification labels, rain barrels and interpretive panels allow for the continued development of habitat and increased viewing areas for visitors. The garden features not only a wonderful selection of butterflies and butterfly-attracting plants, but also observation benches and a beautiful bronze monarch butterfly sculpture. The Friends of Blackwater and the Blackwater NWR staff are proud to offer visitors not only a chance to see a butterfly garden in action, but also an opportunity to learn more about creating their own gardens.
If you love the colorful beauty of butterflies and the plants that provide them with food and feed their caterpillars, then a visit to a local butterfly house in Maryland is a must. You can view each winged beauty up close while learning about their life cycle, the plants they use, and their habitat. Wheaton, MD Brookside Gardens website. See butterflies from all over the world feeding from nectar plants. You can view butterflies in all stages of the life cycle from egg to pupa to full grown butterfly.
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With their brightly-hued fluttering wings, butterflies provide a beautiful dimension of movement, color and life to any garden. As advanced insects, butterflies have a complete life cycle from egg to adulthood. Mature butterflies feed on nectar and look for foliage to lay their eggs. Next, caterpillars or larvae emerge from the eggs, ready to munch on foliage to sustain their growing bodies. When tissues within the caterpillar break down, adult butterfly structures are formed and the insect enters the chrysalis stage.
Butterfly Gardening Defined Below are specific topics about butterfly gardening. What to consider when starting a butterfly garden. Area This mini manual was created by a club member specifically for beginning gardeners in the D. Metro area.