Sandown Garden Club's monarch garden in full bloom

September 04. 2018 7:29PM

Above, the Monarch Waystation and Pollinator Garden in front of Sandown Town Hall is in full bloom. At left, a butterfly lands on a flower in the Sandown garden. (Courtesy)

SANDOWN — It’s been two years since the Sandown Garden Club first planted a Monarch Waystation and Pollinator Garden in front of Sandown Town Hall.

In that time, the club says, the carefully chosen native and pollinator-friendly plants have matured and are now in full bloom.

Visitors to the garden have reported seeing many monarch butterflies and an assortment of other pollinators flitting about.

“Now is one of the best times to visit this lovely spot,” the club wrote in a news release.

“The garden features pathways to explore, informative signage that explains the story of the monarchs plus illustrations of other New Hampshire butterflies.”

A story wheel identifies the plants in the garden, other plants that attract butterflies, nighttime pollinators and New Hampshire’s endangered butterflies. Benches have been provided to allow visitors to sit while viewing the garden.

As the cooler nights arrive, the monarchs will fuel up for their long journey to Mexico where they will over-winter, the club says.

“In the spring, their offspring will begin the return journey and once again we will see them flying about Sandown’s special butterfly garden,” the club wrote.


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