Monarch Butterfly & Pollinator Gardens

Published Apr 20, 2022

The City of Lawrence is using 5 acres of our parks to help Monarch butterflies. We planted native flowers, grasses, and lots of milkweed (the primary source of food for Monarch caterpillars) in four new butterfly & pollinator gardens located at Richardt Park, Lee Road Park, Louis J. Jenn Memorial Park, and Veterans' Memorial Park. These gardens will take a couple seasons to fully bloom. Liz Masur of the Lawrence Butterfly Project said, "The first year native plants sleep while they create deep roots. Next year, they'll be creeping. We'll see some flowers. And then, the third year, the flowers will leap." Thank you to the Lawrence Common Council for approving $15,000 funding for this project.



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