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Sustainable Wellesley will be selling Asclepias incarnata/ swamp milkweed plants this Saturday at July Jubilation.

By planting milkweed in your yard, you are helping the monarch butterfly population. They need to eat milkweed to survive, plus these beautiful pink plants attract even more beautiful butterflies to your home!

Find us at from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm in front of Bruegger’s Bagels.

Come by and learn about new initiatives that the Natural Resources Commission and Sustainable Wellesley have going on.


Like most perennial plants, milkweeds (Asclepius incarnata) like being planted in the fall.  The cooler and damper days make it easier for them to acclimate and if you plant soon they can establish well before the winter comes.

Milkweeds are an essential part of the diet for Monarch butterflies – the caterpillars MUST eat it in order to survive.  The plant is attractive with beautiful pink and white flowers that will attract butterflies and other pollinators to your home!

Monarch butterfly populations are down by 90 percent due to habitat loss and the use of pesticides and herbicides!  You can help restore the Monarchs by planting milkweeds in your pesticide and herbicide-free yard.

You can purchase milkweed through here at cost for $2.00 per plug or make a donation and purchase a plug for $5.00.  The plugs grow quickly and are very low maintenance.

Phyllis Theermann

Monarch Butterflies–Beauty on the Wing
How can Wellesley help Monarchs throughout Their Life Cycle?

WHAT: Wellesley Conservation Council Spring Lecture
WHO: Kim Smith, Naturalist and Award-winning Photographer
WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – 7:00pm
WHERE: Wakelin Room, Wellesley Free Library

The Monarch’s life story is one of nature’s most incredible examples of adaptation and survival. But the Monarch migration is in great peril. Learn how you can help. Through photographs and discussion, Beauty on the Wing tells the life story of the Monarch Butterfly, the state of the butterflies’ migration and why they are in sharp decline, and the positive steps we can take as individuals and collectively to help the Monarchs recover from devastating effects of habitat loss, climate change, and pesticides.

Kim Smith is an award winning nature author, documentary filmmaker, native plant landscape designer, and naturalist. She specializes in creating pollinator habitat gardens utilizing primarily North American native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, and vines.

The Wellesley Conservation Council Annual Meeting for the election of officers and board members will precede the program at 6:30pm. This event is free and co-sponsored by Wellesley Free Library. For more information go to www.wellesleyconservationcouncil.org.

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