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Monarch Waystation Pocket Garden
Ellen Plumb's is establishing a certified Monarch Waystation at the downtown pocket garden we care for, at the corner of 12th & Commercial, right by the bookshop. Every year, we tend Monarch caterpillars and share the miracle of their transformation to butterflies, right inside the bookshop. Once they're banded by our own Butterfly Man, we release the Monarch butterflies right outside the bookshop door.
Monarch Waystations are places that provide resources for Monarch butterflies to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. Without milkweed throughout their North American spring and summer breeding areas, Monarchs would not be able to produce the successive generations that culminate in the migration each fall. Similarly, without nectar from flowers, the fall migratory Monarch butterflies would be unable to make their long journey to overwintering grounds in Mexico. The Monarch migration is truly one of the world's greatest natural wonders, yet it is threatened by habitat loss throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
Join us in creating and maintaining Ellen Plumb's certified Monarch Waystation this year. We need your help in clearing the garden, obtaining and planting both milkweed and nectar plants, regular weeding, regular watering, and regular deadheading. If you have fifteen minutes to spare from time to time, we'd be very grateful for your help.
Milkweed seeds, more information, and a garden task schedule can be found at Ellen Plumb's. Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 620-208-BOOK (2665), message us on Facebook, or check with us at the bookshop. Let's work together to make our little corner of nature a haven for Monarch butterflies!