Join the movement to create an eco friendly habitat at your Chautauqua garden using a combination of milkweed, pollinators, nectar and other native plants. Sound complicated, need help? Contact BTG and a Master Gardner can visit with you and talk about developing a plan to implement a monarch way station firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, access Monarchwatch.org and follow the steps on line to submit your garden specs for certification. Learn all about the movement to use native plans with BTG's Butterflies & Blooms program below.
Butterflies & Blooms
The Bird Tree and Garden Club is offering talks, gardening demonstrations, walks and our newly expanded website (www.chautauquabtg.org) to help us all make our surroundings a habitat for pollinators and butterflies. Our mission statement is to promote and preserve the beauty of the grounds as well as its habitats and its ecosystems. With Butterflies and Blooms, we hope to combine our programming to promote the beauty of our spaces with providing a safe habitat for all who needs it. Your greenspace is home for not only your family but for a whole compliment of insects, butterflies, birds and four-footed animals.
The easiest way to think of changes or additions to your gardens is to follow the life cycle of monarch butterflies. These changes will also apply to most pollinators who are all at risk for extinction because of decreased wild space, pesticide use and weather changes. The food we grow, the air we breathe and the health of our planet depend on each of us looking differently at our surroundings. So, starting small is the easiest way to go. The butterflies need much the same to live as we do, food, shelter, sunlight and a place to mate (or socialize).
MONARCHPALOOZA!: interact with and explore every phase of the monarch Butterfly. July 13 12-3 at Lincoln Park.
All Chautauquans are invited to engage in an interactive display of every stage of the monarch butterfly life cycle. Docents will lead 'guided discovery' and help visitors of all ages examine:
- Tiny monarch eggs attached to milkweed and learn of the desperate need to grow more of this life-sustaining plant in all our gardens.
- The five stages of instar caterpillars can be handled and enjoyed.
- Breath-taking chrysalides will be elegantly displayed, each with its own stunning band of gold! Pick up a magnifying glass for a closer look.
- Learn about the monarch life cycle, eating habits, and other facts and figures. BTG board members and monarch friends from across the county are on hand to assist.
- Step inside a 20-foot tent filled with adult monarchs and get immersed! AMAZING!?
Monarch specialist and BTG guest lecturer, Lori Stralow Harris from Chicago, presented this interactive life cycle experience in 2016 and it's back by popular demand. The resounding reaction by visitors to last year's event was 'WOW!" July 13, 2017 at Lincoln Park.
Certiying your Garden 101
You can certify your Chautauqua garden by:
- Following the instructions on MonarchWatch.org
- Or contacting BTG for a free garden consultation of up to 30 minutes. A master gardener will meet with you at your garden to talk about creating a monarch way station. With 'monarchwatch.org' as our guide (Approved by the Institution's Supervisor of Gardens and Landscapes, Betsy Burgeson), let's review the components of a monarch way station, and suggest a phased approach to achieve it over the weekend or over the years. It's all about native plants, milkweed, and more.
- Email BTG at email@example.com and get in touch with Chris Flanders, the master gardener in charge of Butterflies & Blooms
HOME Garden "HALL OF FAMErs"
Chautauquans certifying their 'off grounds' home garden. Bravo! Take a Selfie with your certificate/sign and unique number then email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and join our 'Hall of Fame'! Or attend Monarch Moments Mondays 12:15 and be recognized! Thank You!!