The Monarch Butterfly Corridor Gardens are humming along and attracting all kinds of pollinators.
This Eastern Black Swallowtail is a beautiful female that you may see around the gardens. Ask Christina Delfico for her story!
Many RIGC gardeners have also added to their plots wild bergamot, varied milk weeds, echinacea, other native plants as well as fennel, dill, and curly parsley to attract pollinators and their caterpillars.
Please click on the photo below for more great information about pollinator plantings from the Xerces Society.
The Monarch Butterfly Corridor Garden spaces were made possible with iDig2Learn funding from The City Gardens Club of NYC, Grow to Learn and Citizens Committee for NYC with partners RIOC, RIGC, Girl Scouts & 217PTA.
On Friday, April 22nd, while nations signed the Climate Agreement at the UN, RIGC witnessed local learning and education. iDIG2Learn's founder, Christina Delfico hosted a workshop by GrowtoLearnNYC on pollinators and beneficial plants for school groups. We had school leaders from Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx who made their way to the stand just outside our gates at the Butterfly Corridor Site. Grow to Learn staffers Rasheed Hislop and Jessie Kerr Vanderslice facilitated this talk and garden walk about bugs that help us! We looked at insects that play a critical role in the life cycles of your garden plants. Participants were able to take seeds back to their local school groups and also painted lady caterpillars. iDig2Learn caterpillars became butterflies in May and were released at the gardens!