Monarch Butterflies

Do you love butterflies in your garden like we do? If so, you probably already have some of the more popular plants like Butterfly Weed and Cone Flowers that attract them and keep them coming back to your yard year after year.

But, like any good gardener, you can always aspire to get a few more plants that will make your yard their garden of choice.

If you want to try your hand at attracting more butterflies, the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, sponsors the nonprofit educational outreach program, Monarch Watch, focusing on the Monarch butterfly, its  habitats and fall migration.

While this site can give you a lot of information about Monarchs, you may want to expend a little more effort and certify your garden as a Monarch Waystation.

For information on certifying your garden as a Monarch Waystation, you need check no further than http://www.monarchwatch.org/waystations/certify.html. These pages will detail plant density, host plants, nectar plants, sustainable management practices and the certification form.

Monarchs are a beautiful part of a summer garden but they require an effort on our part to help them to not only survive but prosper. Why not involve the children or grandchildren in creating a Monarch Waystation and a learning experience at the same time – it would be a fun gardening adventure for the whole family.

These beautiful creatures need a fan club to promote their cause. Why not join the Monarch Watch and provide support and an enhanced habitat for them? Go KU for providing such a wonderful resource for the gardening community.

This post has been linked to the GRAND Social blogging event.

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About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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7 Responses to Monarch Butterflies

  1. Our first butterflies are coming out of hibernation – Tortoiseshells, Red Admirals and Peacocks. No Monarchs for us.

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  2. Debra Pugh says:

    Love butterflies…I sure do love them more than whatever’s been eating my lettuce! And having looked at the article I see that monarchs like zinnias as well. Something has been eating their little leaves too 😦 Fortunately I do have blue ( what I call Russian ) sage growing in two locations so I think some monarchs might visit there!

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  3. Grandma Kc says:

    Thanks for the great links! I saved it so I can share it with my 8 year old granddaughter so we can check it out further together. I’ve had butterfly weed but with no luck getting any monarchs. My little sister in Michigan has had tons of caterpillars that turned into beautiful butterflies — I am very jealous!

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  4. I'm John says:

    Hi. We used to live in a house that had frequent Monarchs stopping by, to everyone’s delight. I never thought of becoming a waystation. What a fun idea.

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  5. Connie says:

    We seem to have very few butterflies around my neighborhood. I had a passion vine once that attracted them like crazy. It would be great for the grandkids for sure, I’ll check out the links. Thanks for linking at Grandparent’s Say It Saturday.

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  6. We had beautiful Monarchs in our yard yesterday and so enjoyed watching them flit about. I love the idea of being a Monarch Waystation. Will have to check into that. Thank you for the link!

    Reached this lovely post by way of Connie’s Grandparent’s Say It Saturday. Feel free to come link up to the GRAND Social. Would love to have you join us: http://www.grandmasbriefs.com/home/2012/6/18/grand-social-grandparent-linky-june-18.html

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