Sharon Metcalf relaxes in her townhouse garden in Bethesda, Md.; the garden has been reworked to create a habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollilnators.
In addition to installing host plants for caterpillars, she has put in nectar-rich perennials such as the Sedum variety Autumn Fire.
Sharon Metcalf raises mail-order monarchs to maturity, providing them with the milkweed plant they need to feed and grow.
A newly hatched butterfly that Metcalf raised in early summer. The monarch’s distinctive green chrysalis can be seen in the background.
Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2013 4:30 am
If you plan to renovate or rework parts of your yard this fall, your plan should include your hardest-working partners in the garden, the insect pollinators.
They are not only industrious, fascinating and beautiful, they are up against it. Bees and butterflies are imperiled by habitat loss and pesticide use. Gardeners, collectively, can throw them a lifeline.
Or, use your
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Saturday, September 21, 2013 4:30 am.