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Saturday, 9 May 2015 - 8a to 2p

A big THANK YOU goes out to everyone that helped make this year's spring event a huge success!

We do have some plants still available (see the updated plant list below) - if you were unable to make it here on Saturday or have decided you need more plants, please feel free to stop by Monarch Watch from 4-6pm this week and we'll hook you up. Again, a modest contribution of $3 for annuals and $4 for perennials is suggested.

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 11 May 2015; Good=20 or more plants, Limited=less than 20 plants.

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

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