Monarch at LHCG photographed by gardener Lee Paez in 2013
Visit Lake Highland Community Gardens' new Monarch Way
Station for their annual immigrations through Dallas
Lake Highlands Community Garden has won a $400 grant from Native Plant Society of Texas to help save the Monarch butterfly from extinction. Whole Foods Inc. (Park Lane) award us an nearly $4,000 grant. The grants helped build a Monarch Way Station (a stop over place for their annual migrations).
LHCG Gardener Lois Diggs wrote the grant request. It is part of the "Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas" program sponsored by the Native Plant Society of Texas, which is working with Monarch Watch and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Texas is a major focus as the main flyway for the Monarch migration from their winter habitat in the mountains of Mexico to eastern parts of the U.S. There once were millions moving like a cloud; today the destruction of their chief host plant, Texas milkweed, is disrupting the Monarch's life cycle. Lois, a certified Texas Master Gardener, was instrumental in the 2009 establishment of our Butterfly Garden, working with Texas Discovery Gardens.
LHCG Gardener Bronson Havard wrote the request for the Whole Foods community grant program. Last year he helped get a 1% grant from Whole Foods . The Park Lane store's 5% program is done very other year. Whole Foods has been an enthusiastic supporter of our community. LHCG gardeners will have an informational booth in their store at Park Lane on May 11. Bronson is a Texas Master Naturalist and a LHCG board member. He has gardened at LHCG since 2010.
LHCG Board Member and gardener Elizabeth "Beth" Williams is coordinating the makeover of the Butterfly Garden. Plans are to have an irrigation system, new fencing and new plantings in place this spring. The cost of the project will be upwards to $5,000. The hope is we'll get sponsors for individual plants from among our community and others.