The Royal Oak Public Library is very excited about establishing a butterfly-friendly garden on their grounds to provide educational opportunities and enjoyment for the community.
What exactly is a butterfly garden?
A butterfly garden is a haven or sanctuary that includes plants that are inviting to butterflies. A butterfly garden contains plants that meet the butterfly's needs during all four life stages: the egg; caterpillar; chrysalis; and adult. A butterfly garden includes plants necessary for butterflies to lay their eggs (host plants) and plants that will provide nourishment for the butterflies (nectar plants).
Who is working on the project?
- A team of 5 Master Gardener volunteers from the Michigan State University Master Gardener Program.
- The City of Royal Oak's DPS and its Park Service.
- The Royal Oak Farmers Market is partnering with the library.
Why establish a butterfly garden?
- Butterfly gardens are beautiful.
- The garden will be a community project that everyone can enjoy, from toddlers to their grand parents.
- The project will provide a demonstration garden for home gardeners.
- Workshops for children and adults will be held in the garden.
- The garden will promote volunteer and educational opportunities.
- Everyone will be able to commune with nature and have fun.
How can you contribute?
- You can volunteer your time. Visit the library and complete a volunteer application. Or e-mail ROPL Librarian, Mary Ann Dekane. If you don't have access to e-mail, please call Mary Ann at 248-246-3714. You will be contacted by one of our Master Gardeners who will get you started.
- You can contribute monetarily to the project. Your check should be made payable to the Royal Oak Public Library; write "garden" in the memo field.
- You can donate plants and/or shrubs to the project. See plant list for specific plants and shrubs that are needed for the butterfly garden.
- E-mail ROPL Librarian, Mary Ann Dekane for more information about volunteering and donating plants.
We wish to thank the following people for their total support and commitment to the project:
- Master Gardeners: Sandra Cole. Beth D'Anna, Emily Fronckowiak, Mary Jean Skiba, and Sid Thomas.
- Carol Lenchek, Master Gardener Coordinator of the Oakland Extension Office of the Michigan State University Master Gardener Volunteer Program.
- Greg Rassel, Royal Oak Director of Recreation & Public Services.
- Dan Dickinson, Supervisor - Royal Oak Parks & Forestry.
- Gwen Ross and the Royal Oak Farmers Market.
- Mary Ann DeKane, Royal Oak Public Library adult librarian.
Tips for establishing your own Butterfly Garden
Our team of Master Gardeners created and presented a lecture on establishing a butterfly garden on April 13, 2009 at the Royal Oak Public Library.