As part of our ongoing commitment to being certified as a Monarch City USA, two raised plots in the city's community garden at 505 Mary Ave. have been replanted with milkweed and nectar plants, which monarch butterflies rely on for food and shelter during their migratory journeys.
Nearly a billion monarch butterflies have vanished since 1990 according to data released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in February 2015, and these plants are increasingly vanishing all across America.
Monarch City USA, created in 2015 in Maple Valley, Wash., encourages America’s 19,000+ municipalities to directly help the monarch butterfly population recover by encouraging and planting milkweed and nectar plants within their boundaries.
"In addition to milkweed, we planted Lavender, Angelonia, Shasta Daisies, Cuphea, Dipladenia, Bush Daisies, Blanket Flowers, Salvia, Kalanchoe, Delphinium, and Lantana," said Solid Waste Compliance Officer Ami Blakely. "I have already seen bees and butterflies on the flowers and a monarch on the milkweed."
There are currently 7 of 36 community garden plots still available to the city residents on a first-come, first served basis for $15 each. Each plot measures 4 ft. x 8 ft. and must be planted using organic methods only. Please visit https://bit.ly/32cuHrT or the Alonzo "Babe" James Community Center in person to secure yours today.
Would you like to know more? Please contact Maintenance Operations at (386) 424-2205.