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.