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Saturday, 7 May 2016 - 8a to 2p

Ready to start a butterfly garden or improve the one you have? If so, come visit us at Monarch Watch for our annual Spring Open House & Plant Fundraiser.

We will have more than 5,000 butterfly plants (both annuals and perennials), including seedlings of eleven milkweed varieties. These plants are ideal for starting butterfly gardens or adding to established gardens. Monarch numbers have been declining and we need to plant milkweeds to sustain the monarch migration. Modest contributions are suggested for the plants. A list of available plants appears below.

Refreshments will be provided. There will be games for the children and they can make "seed balls" containing seeds of milkweeds and other butterfly plants that can be used to create habits for monarchs and other butterflies. They can also watch the queen bee lay eggs in our honeybee observation hive, see scary insects and spiders, or watch videos. All are welcome to tour our garden and lab space. We will have live exhibits and demonstrations, and, of course, monarch butterflies!

We'd love to see you on Saturday so mark your calendars! If you can't make it in person, be sure to check us out online - we plan to post photos and broadcast some LIVE video throughout the day.

DONATE NOW! (pretty please)

If you enjoy the various educational, conservation, and research programs Monarch Watch offers throughout the year, please consider making a donation today - it's quick, easy, secure, and fully tax-deductible. You can even set up a recurring gift (monthly or annually) if you'd like. We rely on contributions from Monarch Watchers just like you to keep the program going - thank you for your continued support!


If you would rather mail in a donation or have questions, please visit Giving in Support of Monarch Watch.


We'll continue to experiment with broadcasting live video - see what's going on here:

Monarch Watch LIVE OFFLINE

*Note: to view our live video broadcasts, you must have the Adobe Flash Player (a free player that you may already have) installed on your computer. If you do not have it, you should be prompted to install it - or you can just get it yourself here:


We are sharing photos and comments throughout the day via our Facebook page - you do not need a Facebook account to view the page, only if you you want to share your own photos or comments. Enjoy!

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Monarch Watch is located on the West Campus of the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A.

KU West Campus Map showing Monarch Watch (Foley Hall)

via I-70 Turnpike:

Take West Lawrence exit and continue South on IOWA street. At the 19th Street stoplight turn RIGHT (west). At "T" turn LEFT (south). Proceed past the stop sign (after stopping of course!) and then turn right into a parking lot (you'll see a large Greenhouse at the end of the lot) and find a place to park ;-) Foley Hall is the one-story building that will be on your right.

via westbound K-10: K-10 turns into 23rd street in Lawrence. Continue West on 23rd until you reach IOWA street. At the stoplight turn RIGHT (north) and continue to 19th Street. At the 19th Street stoplight turn LEFT (west). At "T" turn LEFT (south). Proceed past the stop sign (after stopping of course!) and then turn right into a parking lot (you'll see a large Greenhouse at the end of the lot) and find a place to park ;-) Foley Hall is the one-story building that will be on your right.

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All of the plants listed below would be excellent choices to use in creating your very own Monarch Waystation butterfly garden/habitat. The milkweeds are of course the host plant for monarch butterfly caterpillars and all of the plants are nectar sources for monarch butterflies and other wildlife.

Once you have created your Monarch Waystation, be sure to have it certified by Monarch Watch so that your habitat will be included in our Monarch Waystation Registry - an online listing of habitats all over the globe!

Plant list and availability - updated 20 April 2016; Good=20 or more plants, Limited=less than 20 plants.

Photo Common Name Botanical Name Annual/Perennial Availability
Tropical Milkweed Asclepias curassavica Annual Good
Prairie Milkweed Asclepias hirtella Perennial Good
Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata Perennial Good
White Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet' Perennial Good
Balloonplant Milkweed Asclepias physocarpa Annual Good
Purple Milkweed Asclepias purpurascens Perennial Good
Showy Milkweed Asclepias speciosa Perennial Good
Sullivant's Milkweed Asclepias sullivantii Perennial Good
Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca Perennial Good
Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa Perennial Good
Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow' Perennial Good
Whorled Milkweed Asclepias verticillata Perennial Good
Green Milkweed Asclepias viridiflora Perennial Good
Spider Milkweed Asclepias viridis Perennial Good
Rock Anise Hyssop Agastache rupestris Perennial Good
Lead Plant Amorpha canescens Perennial Good
Shining Blue Star Amsonia illustris Perennial Good
Dill Anethum graveolens Perennial Good
Field Pussytoes Antennaria neglecta Perennial Good
Dutchman's Pipevine Aristolochia tomentosa Perennial Good
Smooth Aster Aster laevis 'Bluebird' Perennial Good
New England Aster Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome' Perennial Good
Aromatic Aster Aster oblongifolius Perennial Good
Tatarian Aster Aster tarticus 'Jindai' Perennial Good
False Blue Indigo Baptisia australis Perennial Good
Cream Wild Indigo Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea Perennial Good
Butterfly Bush Buddleia x weyeriana 'Honeycomb' Perennial Good
White Cloud Calamint Calamintha nepatoides ssp. glandulosa 'White Cloud' Perennial Good
Purple Poppy Mallow Callirhoe involucrata Annual/Perennial Good
Blue Mist Spirea Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Dark Knight' Perennial Good
Rose Turtlehead Chelone obliqua Perennial Good
Partridge pea Chamaecrista fasciculata Annual Good
Pink Mum Chrysanthemum Perennial Good
Prairie Coreopsis Coreopsis palmata Perennial Good
Large Cigar Flower Cuphea micropetala Annual Good
Pale Purple Coneflower Echinacea pallida Perennial Good
Yellow Coneflower Echinacea paradoxa Perennial Good
Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea Perennial Good
Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium purpureum Perennial Good
Blue Mistflower Eupatorium coelestinum Perennial Good
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare Perennial Good
Rose Verbena Glandularia canadensis Perennial Good
Willow-leaved Sunflower Helianthus salicifolius 'First Light' Perennial Good
Heliotrope 'Fragrant Delight' Heliotropium arborescens Annual Good
Lantana Lantana camara 'Athens Rose' Annual Good
Lantana Lantana camara 'Carlos' Annual Good
Lantana Lantana camara 'Dallas Red' Annual Good
Lantana Lantana camara 'Spreading Sunset' Annual Good
Rough Blazing Star Liatris aspera Perennial Good
Prairie Blazing Star Liatris pycnostachya Perennial Good
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis Perennial Good
Great Lobelia Lobelia siphilitica Perennial Good
Bee Balm Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline' Perennial Good
Wild Bergamot Monarda fistulosa Perennial Good
Missouri Evening Primrose Oenothera macrocarpa Perennial Good
Rigid Goldenrod Oligoneuron rigidium Perennial Good
Passion Flower Passiflora incarnata Perennial Good
Large-flowered Beardtongue Penstemon cobaea Perennial Good
Pentas Pentas lanceolata 'Pink Profusion' Annual Good
Pentas Pentas lanceolata 'Ruby Glow' Annual Good
Pentas Pentas lanceolata 'Starburst' Annual Good
Parsley Petroselinum crispum Biennial Good
Woodland Phlox Phlox divaricata Perennial Good
Garden Phlox Phlox paniculata Perennial Good
Prairie Phlox Phlox pilosa Perennial Good
Hop Tree Ptelea trifoliata Perennial Good
Sweet Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia subtomentosa Perennial Good
Common Rue Ruta graveolens Perennial Good
Blue Sage Salvia azurea Perennial Good
Red Autumn Sage Salvia greggii Perennial Good
Garden Sage Salvia nemorosa 'Sensation Deep Rose' Perennial Good
Showy Goldenrod Solidago speciosa Perennial Good
Peach Porter Weed Stachytarpheta mutabilis Annual Good
Blue Porter Weed Stachytarpheta urticifolia Annual Good
Mexican Sunflower Tithonia rotundifolia Annual Good
Prairie Spiderwort Tradescantia occidentalis Perennial Good
Tall Verbena Verbena bonariensis Annual Good
Blue Vervain Verbena hastata Perennial Good
Ironweed Vernonia fasciculata Perennial Good
Golden Alexander Zizia aurea Perennial Good

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