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Butterfly Project Fall Native Plant Share and Workshop • Saturday, October 24th • Grove Hill Community Garden, Eagle Avenue and 158th Street, Bronx (2, 5 Trains to Jackson Avenue)

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Join Butterfly Project NYC, Bronx Green-Up/The New York Botanical Garden  and GreenThumb/NYC Parks to learn more about the connections between native plants communities and pollinators and how to encourage them in urban landscapes.  This fall’s mini-workshop will focus on how to select the best plants for your garden. how to establish and maintain a healthy and beautiful pollinator garden, as well as dividing plants and seed saving.  At the end of the workshop, prepare to take native plants back to your community or school garden.  Plants are free and available for planting in schoolyards, community gardens, and other public spaces while supplies last.
R.S.V.P.required: 718-817-8026  or [email protected].

Many thanks to our sponsor: Citizens Committee NYC and our host: City Parks Foundation!


Butterfly Project Spring Native Plant Share and Workshop • Saturday, May 16th • Grove Hill Community Garden, Eagle Avenue and 158th Street, Bronx (2, 5 Trains to Jackson Avenue)

Butterfly Project NYC, Bronx Green-Up/The New York Botanical Garden, GreenThumb/NYC Parks and GrowNYC worked together to acquire nearly 2,000 plants, including milkweeds, grasses and sedges, and beautiful vines and all of them were snapped up by our community garden partners!

Many thanks to all of our volunteers – we couldn’t have done it without them!

Green Thumb GrowTogether • Saturday, March 21 •  Hostos Community College
Butterfly Project NYC co-founders, Ursula Chanse and Chrissy Word, along with award winning school gardener, Ray Pultinas (Clinton High School) presented two workshops to school and community gardeners. The workshop, Principles of Designing a Pollinator Garden, focused on the basics of plant communities, site assessment, native plant selection and care and paid special attention to how educators could put these to use in school gardens. Ray presented examples in how he got the very successful Clinton School garden started, including how he garnered support from administrators and got youth working in the school garden.

Pollinator Curriculum Guide for Educators

Ask about this wonderful resource at our upcoming Native Plant Share.

NYC Butterflies

Silver-Spotted Skipper Epargyreus clarus

Habitat: open areas such as fields, meadows, lawns, community gardens and parks

Host plants: black locust (very abundant in New York City!)

Range: New England north to Maine, west to California and south to Florida and Mexico.

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The Silver-Spotted Skipper’s flight is so strong and quick that it would be hard to spot if it weren’t for its flashing silver spot!

All butterfly photos by Kevin Matteson