Maple Avenue Monarch Butterfly Garden

Description

My wife Juanita and I were inspired to plant the Maple Ave. Monarch Butterfly Garden in Summer 2015, after viewing the University City In Bloom Midland and Olive Blvd. flower garden because the garden at the Ruth C. Porter Mall Park crossing, containing Prairie Dropseed, was drab. The project was undertaken as a 1711 Maple Block Unit effort to promote beautification projects in the West End neighborhood. Our project was a major endeavor given the six-bed garden’s approximately 750 square foot area spans both sides of Maple Ave, and because no neighbors committed to assist us.

After obtaining City of St. Louis Public Property Permission Authorization, Great Rivers Greenway and Neighbors Naturescaping Approval, and submitting a Planting Plan of plant locations and perennials to be planted, we began reclaiming the beds.

During bed replanting, we were pleasantly surprised when youth offered to help. We dubbed them “Juanita’s Crew”, took photos, and asked to recognize their effort in their KIPP Victory Academy class. Planting provided opportunities to meet many residents, with some asking if we would create a garden on their street. We offered to instruct them.

In addition to planting an assortment of recommended Neighbors Naturescaping perennials, we planted tulip and daffodil bulbs to signal Spring, and dianthus gifted by Brightside St. Louis for added color. We eagerly awaited Spring 2016 and the flower display didn’t disappoint. There were countless sightings of monarch butterflies dancing in the garden gathering nectar.

In Fall 2016, we planted more tulips and daffodils for Spring 2017 color, and daylilies gifted by Brightside St. Louis. The 2017 Spring display was fantastic.

To compliment our Monarch Butterfly Garden, my wife assisted Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) and St. Louis Art Works teams with painting of nearby sewer lids, as part of MSD’s Inlet Painting Project.

-Story contributed by Rodney N. through Milkweeds for Monarchs: The St. Louis Butterfly Project, a program of the City of St. Louis Mayor's Office.
 

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Juanita and Rodney

Juanita and Rodney

Admiring our effort -- a job well done [View Additional File Details]

“Juanita’s Crew”

“Juanita’s Crew”

Local youth dubbed “Juanita’s Crew” -- unexpected but welcome support [View Additional File Details]

Bed preparation

Bed preparation

Preparing a garden bed for planting [View Additional File Details]

Butterfly garden in bloom

Butterfly garden in bloom

Enjoying the fruits of our labor -- a monarch butterfly garden in full bloom. [View Additional File Details]

Maple Avenue garden

Maple Avenue garden

One of the garden beds along Maple Avenue [View Additional File Details]

Garden for monarchs

Garden for monarchs

Enjoying the fruits of our labor -- one of the monarch butterfly gardens on Maple Avenue [View Additional File Details]

Maple Avenue monarch garden

Maple Avenue monarch garden

Enjoying the fruits of our labor -- one of the monarch butterfly gardens along Maple Avenue. [View Additional File Details]

Flowers in bloom

Flowers in bloom

Enjoying the fruits of our labor -- a monarch butterfly garden in full bloom. [View Additional File Details]

Sewer lid painting

Sewer lid painting

Sewer lids near the garden beds were painted as part of a complementary Metropolitan Sewer District sewer inlet awareness project [View Additional File Details]

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“Maple Avenue Monarch Butterfly Garden,” Community of Gardens, accessed September 25, 2018, https:/​/​communityofgardens.​si.​edu/​items/​show/​12317.​
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