First published in the July 23 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.
The Adams Hill Neighborhood Association is celebrating the planting and certification of a monarch butterfly waystation in the Adams Square Mini Park on Sunday, July 24.
The planting of monarch butterfly-friendly plants, including native milkweed, was encouraged by the community as the western monarch population has decreased drastically in recent years. Glendale Community Services and Parks worked closely with the community to determine an ideal location in the park for a waystation.
The Parks staff planted narrow leaf milkweed and other California native plants to provide a breeding ground, nectar sources and protection for monarch butterflies migrating through the area. The planting took place on Nov. 15.
As the baby plants matured, monarchs began to appear in various stages of their life cycle. Raziq Rauf, an Adams Hill resident, prepared the application for waystation certification, which was reviewed and approved by Monarch Watch (monarchwatch.org) under the name “Adams Hill Butterfly Garden.”
The event on Sunday, July 24, will include an opening introduction and installation of the certificate followed by a brief family-friendly workshop on the monarch butterfly life cycle. People are encouraged to bring blankets or picnic chairs for the workshop. Information and garden resources will be available and the Chevy Chase Library Connection will also be present to offer children’s activities.
Complimentary refreshments will be made available by the Adams Hill Neighborhood Association.