BHS senior to plant butterfly garden in Walker Road Park
In recent years the monarch butterfly population has rapidly declined. To help with this pressing issue, Laura Curry, an incoming senior at Bay High School, is planting a butterfly garden at Walker Road Park this September. The garden will be 20 feet by 10 feet and near the pond at Walker Park. Laura will be planting many milkweed and nectar plants to aide monarch butterflies on their migration to Canada. The milkweed plants are for the butterflies to lay their eggs on and the nectar plants provide nourishment for the butterflies.
The monarch population is declining due to the loss of milkweed habitats. The reduction of milkweed habitats is a result of the herbicide used on genetically engineered crops. This has caused the monarch overwintering population to plummet to an all-time low of 0.67 hectares in 2013-2014 (the 2003–2004 overwintering population was 11.12 hectares).
Laura plans to plant a total of 21 plants in the Walker Road garden including: New England Aster, Common Milkweed, Tall Coreopsis, Spotted Joe-Pye, Praine Blazing Star, Purple Coneflower, Swamp Milkweed, Dense Blazing Star, Butterfly Weed, and Black Eyed Susan plants. The garden will have a raised garden bed with a border of rocks. All of the plants, rocks, and mulch have already been donated to the garden.
If you want to get involved with Laura’s project you can help out at Planting Day on Sept. 17. Please arrive at 8:00 a.m. at Walker Park to help Laura plant the garden! Later that day, Laura will be at the City of Avon Lake's Big Trucks event, passing out milkweed and nectar plants for people to plant in their home garden. Planting milkweed and nectar plants in your own garden is a great way to help the monarch butterflies.
If you are interested in helping with the upkeep of the garden or have questions about Laura’s project, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan Guinter is a senior at Bay High School who is actively involved in her school and community. She writes for the school newspaper and is very involved in Student Council.