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Butterfly Meadow

Our Butterfly Meadow was created over the period of several years in the early to mid 1990's. About three years ago (2006), we decided to extend the meadow by adding adjacent areas to it. This involved a lot of work and it is still ongoing, but the changes already have been profound.

In 2011, we added a small Monarch Waystation with funding from the Evergreen Foundation. Later in the year, we discovered we'd been awarded further funds for a much enlarged Monarch Waystation. At present (2012), the Butterfly Meadow is undergoing even greater expansion with thousands of flowers planted, including of course, milkweeds, to attract monarchs and other butterflies.

The meadow is planted with a mix of native and non-native species. We prefer native species, but when a non-native (and non-invasive) plant has been shown to provide either nectar or larval food for butterflies, and to be a magnet for butterflies, we will include it.

Butterfly Meadow
Butterfly Meadow
New planting at the Butterfly Meadow
New planting at the Butterfly Meadow
Pathway at Butterfly Meadow
Pathway at Butterfly Meadow
Rototilled area in Butterfly Meadow
Rototilled area in Butterfly Meadow
Volunteer team working on the Butterfly Meadow
Volunteer team working on the Butterfly Meadow
Volunteers digging holes for hackberry trees
Volunteers digging holes for hackberry trees
volunteers working on trail
volunteers working on trail
More rototilling in the Butterfly Meadow
More rototilling in the Butterfly Meadow
Butterfly meadow
Butterfly meadow
Close up of one of the lupines
Close up of one of the lupines
Butterfly meadow
Butterfly meadow
Butterfly meadow
Butterfly meadow
Butterfly meadow
Butterfly meadow
Queen-of-the-prairie (Filipendula rubra)
Queen-of-the-prairie (Filipendula rubra)
Sunflowers
Sunflowers
Veronica (Veronica longifolia)
Veronica (Veronica longifolia)
Butterfly Meadow
Butterfly Meadow
Butterfly meadow fence
Butterfly meadow fence
Preparing the Butterfly Meadow for planting
Preparing the Butterfly Meadow for planting
Volunteers preparing the ground and planting the new section of the meadow
Volunteers preparing the ground and planting the new section of the meadow
Volunteers preparing the ground and planting the new section of the meadow-detail
Volunteers preparing the ground and planting the new section of the meadow-detail
Planting the new section of the Butterfly Meadow
Planting the new section of the Butterfly Meadow
Planting the new section of the Butterfly Meadow: two months later
Planting the new section of the Butterfly Meadow: two months later
Planting the new section of the Butterfly Meadow: four months later
Planting the new section of the Butterfly Meadow: four months later
Butterfly meadow, new section
Butterfly meadow, new section
Butterfly meadow
Butterfly meadow
Butterfly meadow, July 2009
Butterfly meadow, July 2009
Rudbeckia
Rudbeckia
Butterfly meadow in winter
Butterfly meadow in winter
Gaillardia
Gaillardia