In support of
Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute
“Species at Risk in Nova Scotia” Program
Swing into Autumn
ANNAPOLIS BIG BAND
Sunday, September 13, 2009 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
on the grounds of
Hillsdale House Inn
Annapolis Royal, NS
Swing into Autumn 2008
(Please note that this is a fair weather event)
Bring your picnic basket, chairs, blanket and non-alcoholic refreshments
Check out the Hillsdale House Inn Butterfly Garden built to aid the Monarch Butterflies during migration
Admission will be a “Donation”, with proceeds going to the “Species at Risk in Nova Scotia” Program
Costumed animators representing “At Risk” animals will be on hand
Sangria & Beer Cash Bar
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On Saturday, June 6, 2009 we had 15 people attend our Butterfly Garden Workshop, and the best part of all is that in less than a couple hours our new garden was completed planted. We started out with presentations by Brennan Caverhill, a biologist with the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, followed by Gilberte Doelle, an organic farmer with Wild Rose Farm in Gilbert’s Cove, NS.
The presenters shared a wealth of information with the group, including the importance and plight of butterflies, in particular the Monarch Butterfly, as well as how planting gardens like ours assists them in making their migrations. We also learned what types of plants butterflies will be drawn to, and how to properly locate your garden and position the plant materials within it.
Once the educating was completed it was time to put everyone to work and get their hands into the soil. Gilberte talked about different options for laying out the plants in the bed and then challenged members of the group to position the plants based on what they had heard. With the plants laid out to Gilberte’s satisfaction, everyone started to actually put the plant’s in the ground. Gilberte’s preferred method is to just dig in with her bare hands. Several people followed her lead, but a few opted to take a small shovel in hand.
With the plants all in the ground Gilberte took a little time to talk about maintaining the garden, including things like composting and mulching, and most importantly the organic alternatives to fertilizing. Possibly the most important factor when putting in a butterfly garden is that a large area surrounding it must be pesticide free.
The finished product may not look like much at the moment, however Gilberte told us that given that we started with a great foundation bed with good soil and compost material we will be amazed at how quickly it will flourish. We look forward to watching the progress and will provide regular updates and photos throughout the summer.
We want to thank both our presenters and those who participated in the workshop. Hopefully they got as much joy out of being a part of setting up our garden as we have knowing that we are contributing to the future preservation of the Monarch Butterflies.
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