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Monarch Gardens 1,500’ Suburban Landscape

Submitted By
Benjamin Vogt
Monarch Gardens
Habitat Type
Lincoln, Nebraska
Date Submitted
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Milkweed Species
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)
Nectar Source Plants
Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum), Smooth Aster (Symphyotrichum laeve ), Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum), Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida), Meadow Blazingstar (Liatris ligulistylis), Aromatic Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ), Rough Blazingstar (Liatris aspera), Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum ), Sullivant's Milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii), Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis )
Habitat Programs
Monarch Waystation
Habitat Management Practices
No pesticides or fertilizers. Garden is cut down in early to mid March over 1-2 days and used as mulch -- this is 95% of the annual maintenance required. Water 1-2x per year in late summer or autumn as a precaution for new seedlings. Leave garden up for winter to protect plants, add moisture, provide homes for overwintering wildlife.
Habitat Details
It began as an obsession and simply finding any plant that would work in dry to wet clay -- until I discovered monarch caterpillars. Then I researched native plants and now garden for wildlife, especially insects, and not so much for myself. This means a deeper connection to place and a proper land ethic... gardening is many times more rewarding and the aesthetic appeal comes from the life supported and flying around in the garden. Garden selflessly!
Research right plant for right place. Never trust or rely only on plant tags. Consult multiple sources like The Xerces Society, Pollinator Partnership, Missouri Botanical Garden, USDA plant database, etc. Get plants grown locally from local genotype seed if possible because genetic diversity means more biodiversity. In 2010 I raised 200 monarchs, 2011 it was 150, 2012 down to 25, and 2013 down to 5. Garden selflessly!

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