emphasis is on native plants. We purchase nursery-grown stock. Because
natives need less water, fertilizer, and pesticide, they are easier
a shade-woodland setting, we have about 25 flowering species (including
five types of trillium) and 15 to 20 fern species. We also sell
about 25 species of forbs and grasses that are good for a sunny
location. Each category has plants that range from small to very
large, early to late blooming, wet to dry soil tolerant.
you are interested in attracting butterflies or humming birds, native
plants are for you. (See below for listing of plants available at the 2015 fair.)
Milkweeds & Monarchs,
Plants & Seeds at Hyde Park Garden Fair
The population of the monarch butterfly, one of our most beloved butterflies, is in serious decline. The monarch makes an annual migration from its winter home in the oyamel fir forests of Mexico to the American Midwest (another migration is along the pacific north coast). Problems in these areas have led to a large drop in their numbers.
Part of this decline was due to the drought and heat wave last year and part is due to the steady destruction of the Mexican forests. Another significant loss is due to the use of pesticides, destruction of butterfly habitat and source of food in the Midwest. Monarchs need our help.
The monarch butterfly lays its eggs only on milkweed plants and the caterpillar feeds only on these leaves. That is why it is important to have milkweed plants available along their migration route and at the area where they over winter and breed.
Everyone with a garden can help by growing locally native milkweeds. The Hyde Park Garden Fair will be selling several types of milkweed and giving away free seeds. These plants are easy to grow, have showy flowers, and some have a delicate fragrance. Growing milkweeds not only helps monarch butterflies but is also a food source for many other insects. Children are fascinated with the seed pods which can be used as stuffing. They like to watch the life cycle of the butterfly.