SANDOWN — Sandown Garden Club members Marilyn Eaton, Audrey Vargish and Vanda Solarz recently spent time cleaning and weeding the certified Monarch Waystation and Pollinator Garden at the Sandown Town Hall.
The garden was established by the Sandown Garden Club in 2016, when members installed more than 100 plants. In order to be a certified Waystation, the selection of plants had to meet the requirements of MonarchWatch.org to satisfy the needs of the Monarch Butterfly as well as other pollinators.
Monarch Waystations are places that provide resources necessary for Monarch Butterflies to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. Without milkweeds throughout their spring and summer breeding areas in North America, Monarchs would not be able to produce the successive generations that culminate in the migration each fall. Similarly, without nectar from flowers, these fall migratory Monarchs would be unable to make their long journey to overwintering grounds in Mexico. The need for host plants for larvae and energy sources for adults applies to all Monarch Butterfly populations around the world.
Be sure to visit the Monarch Garden to learn more! Visitors will find plant makers to identify the required waystation plants and an informative flyer about the garden.