During the spring of 2011 a member of our Club was invited to design a butterfly garden to beautify the greenhouse complex. This idea evolved to become a “Pollinator Garden” featuring plants that attract not only butterflies, but bees, birds, and beneficial insects. The Club voted to fund the project and during the summer members helped solarize the soil to eliminate weeds and pests. We arranged for 9 yards of soil amendments to be delivered to create a well-drained base for our new garden. Next we added an interesting boulder and acquired the plants. In October 2011 we worked with the greenhouse team to install the plants and spread mulch over the garden. A beautiful butterfly bench was added in Spring 2012.

The next phase of this project is the labeling of all plants and installation of educational signage. We are applying for Pollinator Habitat Certification from the Monarchs Across Georgia organization. An Eagle Scout candidate has constructed a picket fence for the garden and a paved pathway for mobility challenged gardeners. The greenhouse complex also includes wheel-chair accessible raised beds open to the community and an arbor with shaded seating for visitors and gardeners. The City of Dunwoody has renovated the barn in the complex for classroom and meeting space. The club hopes that the Pollinator Garden will add beauty as well as educational opportunities in this environmentally-friendly setting.

What kind is this one?

Photo Credit Butterfly: Pattie Baker

Water for butterflies with little landing stones

Other creatures call this home too

Care and Share Horticultural Complex can accomidate groups and meetings.

This is Callie Flower, the sweetest scarecrow ever! Created by the Dunwoody Women's Club to watch over the beds created and tended by the Dunwoody Women's Club

Pretty rain gauge thanks to Diana Wood.

Photo Credit Butterfly: Pattie Baker

Bold zinnias attract a variety of critters.

Beautiful swallowtail

This tiny new watermelon is growing in the firemen’s beds. 

The greenhouse is maintained by the Community Garden’s Food Pantry team in an effort to provide year round fresh organic produce for local charities.

Butterfly bushes

Lots of interesting little critters, if you just look closely

and lantana

And a big round of applause to the wonder women who have done all the hard work!!

Photo Credit Group: Maria Richmond

For more information, contact: rose@DunwoodyGardenClub.com

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