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Monarch Habitat Workshops

May 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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NENA is offering its 12th annual, newly revised Grow Monarch Habitat Workshop and native plant sale, on May 19, 9am-12pm at the Nokomis Community Center, 2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy.

The 2017-2018 monarch population is down 15% from last year. As monarch numbers have continued to plummet in recent years, researchers and naturalists are urging people to create monarch habitat, especially throughout the Midwest Corn Belt—the monarch’s traditional breeding grounds. There is an urgency to replace lost habitat that once held the monarch’s host plant, milkweed, alongside essential nectar plants. This how-to workshop will provide the information and essential plants to get started. Our urban and suburban gardens can help make a critical difference!

This year, the two new workshop presentations will be offered consecutively to cover different aspects of being a monarch/pollinator habitat gardener. Both sessions are taught by Vicki Bonk, a Nokomis Naturescape stewardship leader for over 20 years and native plant gardening speaker. Each session will be followed by Q&A time.

“Grow Monarch Habitat – An Introduction to The Essentials of Gardening For Monarchs” is a 45-minute presentation covering the monarch life and migratory cycle and how these two cycles determine the habitat components. The current environmental status of the monarch butterfly and other pollinators is also addressed.

NEW! “Grow Monarch Habitat – A How-To on Planting, Maintaining and Expanding Your Garden” is a 45-minute presentation designed to expand on previous years GMH workshops and cover some new ground.

Attendees are offered the opportunity to purchase a Monarch Garden-to-Go Kit to start or expand their monarch/pollinator habitat. The kit is available in 2 choices and contains 12 local native host, nectar and shelter plants to get you started. There is a registration fee of $32 ($36 value) for the kits, with a May 11 deadline. Workshop and native plant sale attendance is free.

These kid-friendly* sessions offer a wealth of information for both beginning and advanced gardeners. Space and Monarch Garden-to-Go Kits are limited, so registration is suggested. For information on the Grow Monarch Habitat Workshop, the Minneapolis Monarch Festival or the Nokomis Naturescape, please visit NENA’s website or email nena@nokomiseast.org.

Details

Date:
May 19
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
See listing for cost options

Venue

Lake Nokomis Community Center
2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55417 United States
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Organizer

Nokomis East Neighborhood Association
Phone:
612-724-5652
Email:
nena@nokomiseast.org
Website:
http://www.nokomiseast.org/