Students from the Waldorf School in Saratoga Springs illustrated signs for the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens Monarch Waystation.
The five signs each depict an interesting fact about the butterflies that migrate thousands of miles and who have been in decline due to destruction of their habitat and the use of pesticides.
Pictured here are Michael Whitney, the practical arts teacher who built the cedar sign posts, and Elizabeth Straton, Community Relations.
The sign next to them shows the difference between a male and female butterfly. You didn’t know there was a way to tell a boy from a girl?
Come to the gardens, read the signs and maybe see some butterflies. The butterfly bed surrounding them contains plants that support the butterfly from egg to caterpillar to adult with an abundant supply of nectar rich flowers that bloom through the season. The garden also contains milkweed, the only plant the monarch caterpillar eats.
Thank you to the students who drew the illustrations. They are beautiful.
Natalie Walsh, Garden Director