Having your own pollinator garden is like having your own outdoor classroom. The life that native wildflowers attract to your yard is both breathtaking and an opportunity for young and old to connect with and learn about the natural world.
During my installations and maintenance visits I hope you and your family will want to learn about the plants and pollinators that you'll be helping. I will provide pictures and information about each of the species of wildflowers used in your planting in addition to insect ID guides to familiarize yourself with the pollinators you should expect to see.
I welcome the community to my public pollinator garden educationals held multiple times a year at pollinator gardens I have installed and to the annual fall monarch migration butterfly release held at the Monarch Waystation along the Black Mountain Greenway .
Want to learn about meadow ecology, native plants & pollinators? Contact me about joining me to help with garden maintenance or volunteer to assist with an installation at one of my current sites. You can email me directly or join the Monarch Waystations of Black Mountain Facebook group to learn about regular workdays and volunteer opportunities. There is at least one opportunity to volunteer each week, typically on Monday mornings from 9 am to 11 am at one of 4 public garden spaces.
Monarch Waystation Tour Saturday July 1st 10 am to 11am
Join Emily Sampson, of Patchwork Meadows and Black Mountain Recreation and Park's garden coordinator, to tour the largest of 4 Monarch Waystations in Black Mountain. We will discuss the process of meadow creation and native plant species composition and observe the pollinators that are calling them home.
Tour begins at: 99 White Pine Drive, Black Mountain, 28711
Meet in the filed just below the Parking Lot and adjacent to the Dr. Wilson Community Garden.
Free to All ages
Rearing Monarchs and other caterpillars that you find in your own garden can allow your family to experience the magic and beauty of transformation.
The first step is planting host plants for them to lay eggs.