As part of New Harmony Farm, LLC’s environmental and educational mission, we are inviting the public to our butterfly garden workshop and installation at 10 AM Saturday, May 3rd. We will be transforming our front yard septic leach field at 186 High Rd. Newbury into a wonderful Modernist Butterfly and Beneficial Insect Garden that will be a certifed Monarch Waystation. At noon there will be a community pot-luck. Two of our CSA shareholders have graciously offered free back to back lectures. At 1 PM, biologist Nancy Pau will talk about the incredible lifecycle and migration of the monarch butterfly and the cause of recent population declines. She will also discuss the importance of backyard wildlife gardens, both for the conservation of wildlife and for their enjoyment. Angela Palmer will follow Ms. Pau’s lecture with “Not Your Grandma's Pollinator Garden”. Angela says gardens filled with native plants that attract beneficial pollinators don't have to be a wild looking hodgepodge of plants. These gardens can fit into your current gardening style, no matter that that style is. Angela will introduce us to some of the most ornamental, native pollinator perennials and shows us how to incorporate these plants into existing gardens or into a brand new garden to promote maximum sustainability in your own back yard. She will discuss traditional perennial borders, formal gardens and minimalist style plantings that will work well at home and not only add color, texture and 4 seasons of interest, but also feed the pollinators who desperately need our help to stay alive.
We are also looking for plants to go in our Monarch Garden if you have any of these perennials that you would be willing to share we and the butterflies would be most grateful:
Monarda - Bee Balm Echinacea - coneflowers Asclepias - swamp milkweed and or butterfly weed Eupatorium hyssopifolium - hyssop leaved bonset Phlox paniculata - summer phlox Agastache - hyssop Amsonia hubrectii - Blue Star Lavender - Any kind would be welcome Rudebeckia - Black Eyed Susans Here's a little more on two of your awesome fellow shareholders:
Nancy Pau is the Wildlife Biologist at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, where she manages over 7000 acres of habitat to benefit a diversity of plants and wildlife. Her passion for plants and insects were first kindled in her botany and entomology classes at Cornell University. She now shares that passion with her two young boys through gardening and chasing of butterflies in their backyard.
Angela's career has spanned almost every aspect of gardening, garden design and teaching folks how to garden with plants – especially natives. She's the founder and now team partner in Plants Nouveau, LLC. a new plant introduction company based in Alabama and Massachusetts . Angela travels the World searching for new plants to introduce. She's always had a passion for new plants and selecting the best new plants is what she does best. Angela has also been directing the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference at Millersville University in PA for the last 13 years.
Come for all or part of the day. It's free! Walk-ins are welcome but if you know you want to come it is helpful for me to know.