Submitted by Barb Young
In 2015 a group of volunteers in Rosedale undertook a project to re-establish the once well-used parkette by the Trent Severn Bridge. With the assistance of the Coboconk Norland and Area Chamber of Commerce and Kawartha Conservation, grants were obtained and a wonderful parkette established.
The parkette includes a large pollinator garden which we have been watching over the years to see if they "work." Last year at least one Monarch Butterfly and Caterpillar were spotted. However, this year things are greatly improved. On June 24 at least 8 Monarch Butterfly Caterpillars were spotted on the milkweed plants in the garden (and that was just by walking around the periphery on the pathway). I'm sure there were plenty more inside. It seemed like almost every other milk weed had at least one caterpillar and some had two. Some were quite large and some not much more than an inch.
Our conclusion is that these garden really do work and everyone should have one! We can't wait to see the next stage in their transformation.