Project Monarch: Rearing Butterflies for Release, a Living Exhibit
We had a butterfly habitat in the Children's Garden greenhouse this summer where we observed the life cycle of a Monarch butterfly up close. Raising these beautiful creatures from egg to caterpillar to butterfly and releasing them here in the gardens through the summer months was an effort to raise awareness about the fragile state of the migratory Monarch.
SEPTEMBER UPDATE: We currently have 100s of Monarch caterpillars in the Gardens feeding on milkweed plants! There are also many chrysalises in and around the Children's Garden.
OCTOBER UPDATE: Most of the Monarch and other butterfly chrysalises have opened now. There are still a few flying about, but most appear to have begun their journey southwest!