The Open House at the Neighborhood Butterfly Garden Saturday morning was a great success, despite the chilly weather!
We had a couple dozen attendees, including several of our Garden Volunteers, Arboretum Volunteers, Neighbors, Board members, Neighborhood Leaders from “over the bridge”, and Monarch garden enthusiasts. Many were seeing the Garden for the first time.
Several of us were very interested in hearing Arboretum Director Dr. Karen Oberhauser talk about all aspects of Monarch conservation, biology, migration, and especially the need to replace lost habitat. The Garden was still showing off blooming asters, hyssop, black-eyed susan and early sunflowers.
Karen and others were favorably impressed with the numbers and diversity of plants. As we walked around the borders, Karen noticed and identified several new plants she said will be quite showy next season. Butterflies were not around, we were told that most have migrated and the ones still here will not fly at cold temperatures. The gathering was a very rewarding end to a busy gardening season.