The 2017-2018 monarch population is down 15% from last year. As monarch numbers have continued to plummet in recent years, researchers and naturalists are urging people to create monarch habitat, especially throughout the Midwest Corn Belt – the monarch’s traditional breeding grounds. There is an urgency to replace lost habitat that once held the monarch’s host plant, milkweed, alongside essential nectar plants. This how-to workshop will provide the information and essential plants to get started. Our urban and suburban gardens can help make a critical difference!
This year, the two new workshop presentations will be offered consecutively to cover different aspects of being a monarch/pollinator habitat gardener. Both sessions are taught by Vicki Bonk, a Nokomis Naturescape stewardship leader for over 20 years and native plant gardening speaker. Each session will be followed with Q&A time.
Grow Monarch Habitat – An Introduction to The Essentials of Gardening For Monarchs
A 45-minute presentation covering the monarch life and migratory cycle and how these two cycles determine the habitat components. The current environmental status of the monarch butterfly and other pollinators is also addressed.
NEW! Grow Monarch Habitat – A How-To on Planting, Maintaining and Expanding Your Garden
A 45-minute presentation designed to expand on previous years GMH workshops and cover some new ground.
Attendees are offered the opportunity to purchase a Monarch Garden-to-Go Kit to start or expand their monarch/pollinator habitat. The kit is available in 2 choices and contains 12 local native host, nectar and shelter plants to get you started. There is a registration fee of $32 ($36 value) for the kits, with a May 11 deadline. Workshop and native plant sale attendance is free.
These kid-friendly* sessions offer a wealth of information for both beginning and advanced gardeners. Space and Monarch Garden-to-Go Kits are limited so registration is suggested. For information on the Grow Monarch Habitat Workshop, the Minneapolis Monarch Festival or the Nokomis Naturescape, please visit NENA’s website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Including a kid’s activity table!
Monarch Garden-to-Go Kits For Purchase:
Each kit contains 12 local native host, nectar and shelter plants to get you started. Plants are supplied by the Sogn Valley Farm, an experienced local, native plant grower. Each kit is a $37.50 value and offered to workshop participants for $30. Kits are delivered on May 19 at the workshop. Nokomis Naturescape Gardeneers and Wild Ones volunteers will be onsite to help answer your questions. For those not interested in a kit, workshop attendance is free.
- Monarch Garden-to-Go for Dry-Medium Soil – $30
3 Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) – the caterpillar host plant
3 Rough Blazing Star (Liatris aspera) – magnet butterfly nectar plant
1 Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida) – butterfly nectar plant
1 Sky Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense) – butterfly nectar plant
3 Little Bluestem (Andropogon scoparius) – shelter
1 Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
- Monarch Garden-to-Go for Medium-Moist Soil – $30
3 Red (Swamp) Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) – the caterpillar host plant
3 Fox sedge (Carex vulpinoidea)
1 Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum )
3 Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis) – magnet butterfly nectar plant
1 Stiff Goldenrod ( Solidago rigida ) – butterfly nectar plant
1 New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae) – butterfly nectar plant
More habitat plants and full kits will be available for purchase at the workshop including a variety of native milkweeds. Come early for best selection.