Partnering to conserve the monarch butterfly migration

Stonehurst Butterfly Sanctuary

Submitted By
Peggy Farabaugh
Vermont Woods Studios
Habitat Type
Other (Garden on a 100 acre parcel of forests & fields )
Vernon, Vermont
Date Submitted
Friday, April 29, 2016
Milkweed Species
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Nectar Source Plants
Salvia, Gladiolas, peonies, bee balm, zinnias, black eyed susans, cone flowers, cosmos, goldenrod, petunias, lilacs, lavendar
Habitat Programs
Monarch Waystation, Other (Xerces Pollinator Habitat)
Habitat Management Practices
This garden has been a natural meadow for several years, following it's service as a corn field. We let nature take it's course for the most part which means we have lots of goldenrod, Queen Ann's Lace, daisies and other wildflowers native to Vermont. We also have a couple small flower gardens for nectar sources. And we're planting 1000 milkweed plants this year. We are still experimenting with mowing to see what works best. Last year we did not mow at all until late October.
Habitat Details
Vermont Woods Studios is a wood furniture company that was founded on the principle of forest conservation. We're working with Jose Luis Alvarez and "Forests for Monarchs" in Mexico to plant trees to restore the Monarch's over-wintering habitat. We've been watching monarchs metamorphose in our back yard in Vermont for 20 years. But today there are none. So we're focused on bringing them back to Vermont by planting milkweed and nectar sources. More about our project here:
We harvest common milkweed seeds every Fall and plant them in the Spring. We are happy to provide seeds or seedlings free of charge to anyone in our area who would like them. Just contact me at

Habitat Photos