K.P. Manson Public School, in conjunction with Laura Thomas of Hidden Habitat, are planting a butterfly friendly garden on their school grounds on Wednesday June 12, 2019 at 12pm.

Much like the David Suzuki Butterflyway Project, that encourages volunteers to grow highways of habitat for bees and butterflies across Canada, Hidden Habitat focuses on protecting and promoting the biodiversity of outdoor spaces, incorporating native plants into local gardens.

The school’s garden will include a variety of native perennials and shrubs that support a diversity of pollinators.  Butterfly host plants like Field Pussytoes and Pearly Everlasting, which attract Painted Lady Butterflies (some of which our Kindergarten students started from the larvae stage and live released a few weeks ago), as well as Milkweeds for Monarch Butterflies and a variety of other species that support everything from bumblebees to mason bees. 

“The pollinator pathway garden is an exciting project that not only creates habitat for indigenous wildlife, it creates an exciting outdoor classroom where students can see for themselves the interactions and relationships between our indigenous flora and fauna.   We are thrilled to be donating our resources towards this project and can’t wait to get planting for pollinators.” says Laura Thomas, of Hidden Habitat

Students will be involved in all aspects of preparing, planting and nurturing their school butterfly garden.        We invite our local news partners to join us on our butterfly garden planting date and to meet with students, staff and parents of our School Council (one of whom is Laura Thomas, our resident plant expert), and provide some well-deserved recognition for their hard work and dedication.

If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact the school Secretary, Sue Dean, at the number above or Laura Thomas at Hidden Habitat at (705) 828-6313 or laura@hiddenhabitat.ca