The Monarch Gardener

Education programs, milkweed, native plants and seeds. Certified monarch way stations and pollinator gardens. ​​

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Learn how to do your own Neighborhood Milkweed Project, find and raise your own monarch caterpillars, and explore a monarch garden plant list. For details visit the Monarch Gardener's Blog. 



Here's a cute little story of how our family has brought our organic and animal-friendly life style out of the garden and into our home. Meet Noodles, our house rabbit.

 









He gets his very own organic snack garden every spring! And the dill, parsley, carrots and fennel are host plants for the black swallowtail butterfly too! His story is featured here on the Cruelty Free Consumer website

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PUBLIC LECTURE:

SUSTAINING THE MONARCH, ONE YARD AT AT TIME ​​​

Sunday, September 8th, 2 pm.

Hingham Community Center
FREE for Wild Ones members

$10 suggested family donation for

non-members

The South Shore chapter of Wild Ones has invited me to give my monarch butterfly lecture. Learn about the monarch's biology, migration, conservation efforts underway and experience a whole growing season of blooms in my pollinator gardens.  Sponsored by the Hingham Community Center and Wild Ones. While attending, you'll have the opportunity to purchase pollinator plants to help your own garden grow & bring pollinators to your yard.

SALEM SPICE FEST!

SATURDAY SEPT. 14, 12:00-5:00 PM

Pioneer Village, Salem 

After a 2-year hiatus the Spice Fest is back!! This quirky event celebrates 400 years of Salem’s history of herbs, teas and spices. There will be colonial music, open hearth cooking, harvest crafts, vendors, talks, exhibits, storytelling, games and more! There will be spiced cider and other autumnal treats! I will be there with my tent full of plants, see balls, bee hotels, rearing kits and more! The event is 
free though they'd love a donation of $5.00. to benefit Pioneer Village. 



SATURDAY SEPT. 21ST:

FREE EVENTS at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

10:30 AM: FAMILY MONARCH PROGRAM

The program will include a presentation about monarchs with interactive role playing and live animals AND making milkweed “seed balls” (to take home). Meet, help tag and release live monarch butterflies to the wild! This program is geared to pre-k and younger elementary children and their parents. This program will take place in the refuge visitor center classroom. NO preregistration for this program. 

1:00 PM: MONARCH TAGGING FOR ADULTS AND TEENS:

This 1.5 hour program includes a presentation about monarch natural history,migration,history of tagging and how the data are collected and used. All participants will have an opportunity to tag and release monarch butterflies depending on how many animals are available at time of program. This program is suitable for 4th grade and up through adults and will take place in the refuge visitor center classroom. NO preregistration for this program. 


NURSERY STOCK (IN SEASON) AND MILKWEED SEED BALLS ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL PICK UP IN IPSWICH.

 

If you have an event or market you need a vendor or educator for please contact The Monarch Gardener. 

 

To purchase nursery stock, milkweed seeds or seed balls please visit the "Shop" page.

Seed balls make excellent gifts! They are easily shipped or can be picked up in Ipswich, MA.

 

 

"Sustaining a species, one yard at a time."

PUBLICATIONS AND NEWS STORIES:​








Check out the Spring 2015 edition of the The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's News magazine. The Monarch Gardener has a short article on page 18!


Lead story in the spring 2015 edition of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge's Wrack Line newsletter 


The Monarch Gardener's pollinator gardens were featured in theIpswich Chronicle


The Monarch Gardener was also a guest writer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast blog.