Give the Gift of Milkweed to Honor your Mother or Father and Benefit the beautiful Monarch

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In an effort to bolster the imperiled Monarch butterfly population, Geauga Park District is again propagating native milkweed, and is giving plants away for free on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

Milkweed will be distributed at two different locations: stop by The West Woods Nature Center on Sunday, May 12th, between 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for our Mother’s Day Milkweed Giveaway, or stop by Claridon Woodlands on Sunday, June 16th, between 9:30 a.m. and noon for our Father’s Day Milkweed Giveaway, to get your free milkweed plant and learn how, where and when to plant it on your property.

Good news: this year’s overwintering population of Monarch Butterflies in Mexico was up! But that doesn’t always mean that things are on the mend. A major factor in the Monarch’s steady decline has been abnormal weather patterns and loss of habitat, both in the U.S. and at its overwintering locations in Mexico. Even little plots of beautiful, aromatic milkweed in a yard can make a huge difference by providing a place on which Monarchs can lay their eggs, while attracting other species of pollinators as well!

Geauga Park District is grateful for the partnership of John’s Country Nursery in Middlefield for lending greenhouse space for the germination of these beneficial milkweed plants. Pots, often holding multiple plants, will be limited to one per family on a first come, first served basis. Please call Tami Gingrich at 440-279-0811 with questions.

For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit Geauga Park District online via www.geaugaparkdistrict.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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