Life Grows Here - Butterfly Garden
Life Grows Here- becomes a Monarch Waystation.
Years of hard work and dedication bring about the establishment of a Monarch Waystation in the Town of Shady Shores. The idea of a butterfly garden started with a small group of volunteers serving as the Keep Shady Shores Beautiful Committee. The committee sketched out their idea for a butterfly garden and walking path, only to be slowed down by Covid. In 2021 the committee and staff worked to revive the project and won a grant through the Texas Native Plant Society. In 2022 the garden was officially installed.
With the growing concern about the decline in the Monarch population, the Town of Shady Shores is committed to “creating, conserving, and protecting Monarch Habitats.” Read more at moncarchwatch.org. Monarchs migrate through Texas from their northern breeding grounds to their overwintering areas in Mexico. Waystations provide the food and shelter needed to make the journey. Planting four native milkweed varieties, three different types of annual nectar plants, and five perennial plants provides butterflies with the nutrients they need. In addition, two different shelter shrubs were also planted. The garden is more than just its plants. The Town of Shady Shores is also using sustainable gardening practices such as not using any insecticides, using compost/mulch for soil amendment, and other practices to encourage and model native landscaping.
As the butterfly garden named “Life Grows Here” prepares to turn three years old, the Town of Shady Shores begins plans for the next phase of the vision of their town hall campus. Future visions include public education with community partners. A walking path to promote healthy outdoor living lakeside and more. But don’t wait to come out and enjoy the view of the butterflies; come now and visit the Little Library, enjoy a picnic at the picnic tables, or sit in the sunshine under one of our Burr Oak trees. We’d love to see you!
KEEP SHADY SHORES BEAUTIFUL PLANS BUTTERFLY GARDEN
NAME THAT GARDEN! Contest 10/1/2021- 0/30/2021
Life Grows Here- Butterfly Garden
In October of 2021, Keep Shady Shores Beautiful hosted a "Name that Garden" contest. Contestants were asked to submit a name and/or a logo. The winning name was "Life Grows Here."