OUR HABITAT RESTORATION                                                          

Eastern Columbine

CONSTRUCTION SITE RESCUES Butterfly Gardens now exist where it was once barren, habitat is now restored. Over 25 years, we have rescued thousands of plants from the blade of the bulldozer. Songbirds now nest in the Oaks and Maples, feed in the gardens and scratch on the forest floor. From Native Azaleas to Trilliums, to Violets, and Fern. Milkweed and Joe Pye Weed, Monarda and so many many more.  Frogs, Turtles, Salamanders, Newts, and Snakes find refuge and food along the side of a pond, under a rotting log. The soil is alive with centipedes, worms, and grubs. Pollinators of all types visit the natives in bloom throughout the year. Butterflies, Bees, Wasps, and Beetles. We continue to rescue and propagate, increasing the diversity of our little wild place. Learn More........

BUTTERFLY GARDENS                                                                       

Monarch and Butterflyweed

BUTTERFLY GARDENS Since I was 9 years old, I have been raising and releasing Butterflies. It started with my Dad signing me up for a tagging program for Monarchs out of the University of Toronto. This tagging program eventually led to the discovery of the Winter Hibernation site of the Monarchs east of the Rockies. I was hooked. My friend and I would collect Monarchs, Swallowtail, Mourning Cloak, Buckeye and even Polyphemus Moth caterpillars in Folgers coffee cans and raise them and release them from cages my Dad built. It was soon apparent we could not feed them as we had hundreds and at times thousands of caterpillars. Soon raising and releasing turned into creating a Butterfly Garden with host plants and nectar plants for adults. And now all these years later, I am still at it and now I have drawn Kellie into it. Learn More........


  Purple Milkweed -Asclepias purpurascens. Has a similar appearance to Common Milkweed. However, the plants are smaller and the flowers are a darker color than the lighter colored Common Milkweed. This can also be a finicky species. While we have nearly a hundred plants in one garden, it does not produce a lot of pods and therefore seed collecting is minimal.What was three seedlings, matured and spread by roots, however they are no aggressive like Common Milkweed.

 Our plants grow mixed in a very thick perennial bed created for Butterflies. Sprouting among Iris, Salvia, Rudbeckia, Coneflowers, Monarda and others. As noted, it gets sun until early afternoon and then shade in the heat of the day. This seems to make them happy as they have reproduced rapidly over the last three years. We have added zero amendments to the soil. However, the bed is on a slope so there is no standing water at any time.

If you can get this to grow in your garden, it is an amazing milkweed species!

THE NATIVES ENJOY COMPANY                                  

It's a great big world out there. While we love to save and grow natives, we also include any plants that benefit our wild friends. And there is so much to collect. Salvias from South America, Primroses from Europe, Impatiens from Tibet, and on and on.

While we want everyone to enjoy the world of plants, one needs to keep in mind that there are plants out there that can escape the garden. Invasives wreak havoc upon our woodlands, meadows and waterways. Plant wisely.

Our gardens abound with natives and non natives alike. We constantly search the internet and local nurseries for new plants to add to the gardens that can be host plants or pollinator friendly. Like we said it is a great big world out there, bring a little home. Learn more............

Tiger Lily - Lilium tigrinum