MONARCHS ON AVON GARDEN
POLLINATOR HABITAT | MONARCH WAYSTATION
Located in the city of Stratford, Ontario, also home of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, a Recognized Canadian Bee City this Monarch Waystation backs on to the T.J.Dolan Natural area that borders the Avon River. The garden is directly on a migratory route for song-birds, raptors and, of course, Monarch butterflies! It contains multiple nectaring plants that bloom from early Spring until very late fall, providing food for pollinators and mature evergreen trees in which butterflies and birds may roost.
During butterfly season from June to September there are daily butterfly releases. Visitors are welcome to participate in watching the first flight of a newly emerged butterfly!
Additionally, there are multiple types of milkweed in various locations throughout the yard that function as host plants for Monarch butterflies and multiple types of plants, shrubs and trees that are known host plants for multiple other butterflies, including every species of Swallowtail Butterfly found in Ontario. Each summer we raise and release hundreds of butterflies - Monarchs, Giant Swallowtails and Black Swallowtails. This is an organic space in which no pesticides, insecticides or artificial fertilizers are used. Additionally, there are bird baths and bee baths as well as a fish pond that hosts fish frogs and toads that contribute to the cycle of life on the property. Visitors are welcome!
To make an appointment to tour the garden or purchase native plants, Contact Us!