Lori Berry led her troop, Cadette troop 458, in creating a wonderful Monarch Waystation right at the entry way to Morven Park’s Carriage Museum. This is a wonderful location because not only does it get good sun that the Monarchs and other pollinators and wildlife will enjoy but it also will be seen and enjoyed by visitors as they take the guided tour of Morven and learn about it’s rich history and by guests who come to Morven Park for weddings and other events that take place in the museum.
A big thank you to all the young women of Cadette Troop 458: Mia Berry, Tyra Krehbiel, Olivia Lang and Victoria Cristwell and to everyone at Morven Park for making this happen!
The plants planted in the garden include:
Common Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed, Bee Balm, Joe-Pye Weed, Black-eyed Susan, Goldenrod, New England Aster, Coneflowers, Zinnia, Marigold, and Lantana.
Milkweed plants were donated by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the nectar plants were purchased through a fundraiser led by the girls and funds donated by Morven Park.
The girls named the garden the “Sra. Kirkendall’s Oyamel Oasis”. This name honors a Spanish teacher at Harper Park Middle School who died this past year unexpectedly. 3 out of 4 of the girls had her as a teacher. She was from Mexico and was very excited about Hispanic culture. Since the butterflies travel to Mexico and are integral to the culture of that community, we thought the monarchs and her had a lot in common.