Last Saturday, September 22, 2012 Brooklyn Centre held their fourth annual strategic planning meeting. Someone mentioned that I should post the Old Brooklyn News articles to our blog. Each month, I pen an article letting Brooklyn Centre and Old Brooklyn residents know what BCN and our partners are doing to create natural habitats for birds and butterflies.
Little did I know how satisfying rereading these articles would be. I hope you enjoy reading them too.
Beautiful Butterflies fluttering by Brooklyn Centre and Old Brooklyn today and tomorrow
Butterflies add beauty to wildlife gardens, but their usefulness in pollinating flowers is an added benefit which both gardeners and flowers will greatly appreciate. To attract butterflies, a gardener needs to incorporate plants which will serve a butterfly through all of its life stages as well as give it a place to sun itself and “puddle” in the garden. These insects need: places to lay eggs, food plants for their larvae (caterpillars), places to form chrysalides, and nectar sources (for adult butterflies).
Thanks to the generous support of a Neighborhood Connections grant and the sweat equity of a group of Brooklyn Centre Naturalists volunteers, there now is a beautiful example of a butterfly garden on the Art House premises. It shows how easy it is to add a place for butterflies to a garden.
Dozens of native plants were planted in Art House’s dooryard, and bees and butterflies began to visit even before all the planting was finished. Tired and hungry volunteers brainstormed on “next steps” and how to showcase the garden throughout the year.
Sharing food around a table is a great way for our community to share ideas, knowledge and figure out ways to transform conversation into action. Saturday, August 27th, was a prime example of how this process works. Everyone left with their stomachs satisfied, their brains fed and a plan of action to continue implementing the “seeds” planted by Neighborhood Connections, Art House and Brooklyn Centre Naturalists.
Their next steps will involve the side yard at Art House where they will be “curbing herbs”, planting a dye garden, and planning afternoon teas to share tips on custom teas, medicinal herbs, natural dying techniques and much more.
On September 24th, Brooklyn Centre Naturalists efforts to “green” the area will continue when the volunteers move down Denison Avenue to the “36th St. Commons” where volunteers will install a Monarch Butterfly Way Station to continue attracting butterflies to the area. That day they will also plant trees to support “Acres for Atmosphere”.
Both of these projects were brought to BCN by Metroparks Zoo employees who are making the project on W. 36th St. possible. Next month’s article will talk about their support, involvement, and how everything came together through collaboration.
The Art House butterfly garden is open for viewing any day. Anyone who would also like to include a tour of Art House at the same time should call to make an appointment during office hours Tuesday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Brooklyn Centre Naturalists are still collecting “backyard habitats” in their effort to become a National Wildlife Community. Anyone who would like to become a wildlife habitat, volunteer for the
“36th St. Commons” project, or obtain more information about butterfly gardens should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Gloria at 261-351-0254.
This article originally appeared in the September 2011 of OLD BROOKLYN NEWS.