CHOPTANK BUTTERFLY GARDEN ESTABLISHED!
Ashburn Village now has a Butterfly/Pollinator Garden at Choptank Field, across from the Mills Rec Center on Glouchester Blvd! On Saturday, May 9th, twenty six volunteers from the community arrived, shovels in hand, to plant the nearly one hundred butterfly host and nectar plants. All plants are Virginia natives, perfectly suited for Ashburn’s soil and weather. As a starter garden, the plants are small now, but by mid-summer, will fill out and welcome Monarchs and other species of butterflies and pollinators.
The garden will be registered with Monarch Watch soon and hopefully become an official certified Monarch Waystation. A Monarch Waystation is a garden that has both milkweed plants (which Monarchs feed on as caterpillars) and nectar plants (which they feed on as adults). Did you know that Monarchs will only lay their eggs on Milkweed? The garden includes three species of Milkweed, as well as ten different nectar plants that will bloom at different times throughout the season.
Information will be posted at the site regularly and residents are encouraged to visit often to check the progress of this natural habitat. Keep in mind that nectar plants will not only be home to butterflies, but that bees and other pollinators will likely enjoy the garden too. Please remember to be respectful of the garden and the creatures within, as this will be their home during all phases of the life cycle.
The Common Areas Committee would like to thank all the volunteers for their hard work in getting this bed established, the homeowner who generously allowed us access to water for the newly planted bed, and a very special thank you to committee members Nancy Walker and Vycke Horback for their tireless efforts and contributions! If you are interested in joining the Common Areas Committee, you are most welcome! Meetings are held at the Woods Rec Center on the third Wednesday of each month at 7PM.
If you would like to help with the maintenance of this special garden, please contact Nancy Walker at NBWalker59@yahoo.com.