The Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden was planted in 2004, making the summer of 2005 the first year of its growth and observation. Its purpose is to favor the attraction, survival and reproduction of butterflies and hummingbirds.
If you are in Hartley Nature Center this summer, be sure to check out our mesh Butterfly enclosure. Monarch caterpillars collected from the garden enjoy munching on milkweed safe from predators in our mesh enclosure. Watch as these fascinating creatures transform from egg to caterpillar, caterpillar to chrysalis, and then transform from chrysalis into beautiful butterflies! We released 20 Monarch butterflies into the garden from our mesh enclosure this summer!
If you have an interest in helping better our beautiful park then here is your chance. Two Thursday evenings per month we are hosting a volunteer project within our gardens here at Hartley Nature Center and would love to have you join us! Our evenings will be spent in either our Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden or Water Garden weeding, labelling plants, spreading mulch or planting new baby plants. Come to see what's blooming in the gardens, learn about native plant landscaping, get to know your fellow Hartley supporters and enjoy your community-supported nature center. For more information, call Hartley Nature Center at 724-6735.