Learn how to save the monarch butterfly and restore their habitats by planting milkweed and nectar producing plants. Join MAEscapes and the Penn State Master Gardeners for the Native Plant Sale and Monarch Madness on Saturday, May 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the York County Annex, 112 Pleasant Acres Rd, York, PA 17402.
A series of talks will be held throughout the day. The schedule is:
7:45 a.m.; “My Favorite Things” presented by Master Gardeners, who will reveal some of their favorite native plants.
9:30 a.m. “The Butterflies in Your Garden” presented by Master Gardener Deb Carmen.
10:30 a.m. “Monarchs: the Journey” presented by Master Gardener Vi Stailey.
11:30 a.m. “Milkweed 101 – Seed Saving and Propagation” presented by Jackie Doyle.
Plant growers from around the region will offer a large selection of native plants for sale, including trees and shrubs suited for this area and many hard-to-find plants. Heirloom vegetable seedlings will be offered for sale by The Horn Farm Center and The Mason Dixon Unit of the Herb Society of America will have herb plants available. Master Gardeners and MAEscapes experts will be on hand to answer questions and help with plant selection.
Monarch butterfly numbers are at an all-time low and many pollinators are declining as well. The loss of habitats for monarchs and many species of bees and other pollinators threatens the monarch migration and all the species dependent on the service of pollinators to provide the fruits, nuts, seeds and foliage they feed on. By planting milkweeds, the host plants for monarch caterpillars, and nectar plants for adult monarchs and pollinators gardners can help maintain the monarch migration and sustain the pollinators whose pollinating services maintain our ecosystems.
Free guided tours of the MAEscapes gardens are scheduled for 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. During the sale visitors can also tour educational displays and shop for books, stepping stones and garden tools. The event will be held rain or shine. Proceeds benefit MAEscapes gardens and education programs. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/322663227925528/ , email MAEscapes@yahoo.com or call 717-840-7408.
About MAEScapes -MAEscapes (Mid-Atlantic Ecological Landscapes) was formed by Penn State Cooperative Extension and York County Conservation District to demonstrate ecological landscaping. The habitats created at the MAEscapes demonstration gardens encourage diversity of native wildlife and have the additional benefits of lower cost and less maintenance.