Community Butterfly Garden

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    Franzeska13
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    Hi all I’m wanting to make a butterfly garden that is accessible to all in the community .Does anyone have experience doing this? Who would be the people I would need to approach to get a small bit of land mayb near a local park to do this?

    Many thanks

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    Jacqui
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    Oh, BTW Fran, on Wednesday we had a ceremony at the BBRRBH and have put some photos and a video on our FB page, feel free to see them there. It was a great morning!

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1981186225479667

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    Franzeska13
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    Thanks so much for your reply . I will have to look for a nice spot locally . I’m very keen to get something started 👍🏻

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    Jacqui
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    Hi Fran.

    Fantastic! Wonderful to hear.

    There are various initiatives like this around the country. Apollo Park in Palmerston North is one started and managed by a keen group of volunteers, and another initiative, this time undertaken by the Porirua City Council is another (Aotea Lagoon).

    Perhaps the best and first example of this was at Te Puna Quarry Park, near Tauranga. In the early days of the MBNZT Mary Parkinson (one of their volunteers) came to us looking for ideas to set up a butterfly section at TPQP. If you haven’t been there, various keen gardeners with specialist interests have adopted sections of what was once a quarry, to plant up areas accordingly. From memory there’s a clivia area, and another with rhododendrons, camelias etc. With Mary’s talent at arranging plants she turned a section of the quarry into paradise for butterflies (and moths) – not just monarchs but more than that.

    I’m in Auckland and found a suitable spot in a local park and have been developing that for a few years with good support from local government (Auckland Council and the Whau Local Board). I only wish ours had a shorter name: Blockhouse Bay Recreational Reserve butterfly habitat!!!

    First, find a lovely spot! If you can locate a piece of reserve which is looking unkempt/wild, has good shelter and is north facing… that’s a very good beginning. Obviously it makes it easier for you if it’s closer to where you live.

    And be sure about your vision (although this can change). As your initiative grows people coming on board need to know what you/your group is trying to achieve. For example: if you want to encourage the little blue butterflies clover is their host plant. Some people think clover in a garden is a weed…

    Happy to help… Keep us posted via this messaging space please!

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