The Garden Club of Orange Park will be holding a dedication ceremony of their Monarch Waystation, OP's Monarch Byway, on Thursday, June 28th at 10 am at the Garden Center, 1820 Smith Street, Orange Park. We would love to have you join us for this brief ceremony.
The Club began working on this project in late 2016 with a grant request to District IV of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. A grant of $200 helped fund the project. The garden was planted with native milkweed and an assortment of native plants known to attract bees and butterflies. An application to Monarch Watch.org for certification of the waystation was submitted and approved. The Garden Club planned to dedicate OP's Monarch Byway in October of 2017, then along came Hurricane Irma. The entire garden was ruined by fallen trees which also damaged the building in which the Club meets.
With the dedication of Carolyn and Bob Warren, milkweed seedlings were started, additional plants were purchased and the Garden Club members planted these to create a welcoming feeding and breeding habitat for butterflies, particularly Monarchs as they migrated through Florida.
Club President Virginia Singer will welcome everyone to the Garden Center grounds at 10 am before turning the program over to Carolyn Warren who will recount the history of OP's Monarch Byway and share some butterfly poems. The official Waystation sign will be installed by Bob Warren who was instrumental in nurturing seedlings to include in the garden.
We hope you can join us.