Flowers, butterflies, and bees: oh my! For a fun ending to a warm August, visit Monarch City and take a self-guided tour. Butterflies and bees love this brightly-colored garden full of native flowers, located at West Minnehaha Park and Rec Center, 685 West Minnehaha Ave.
Beginning at the corner of Grotto St. and Minnehaha Ave., enjoy more than 3,000 square feet of gardens. Posted signs will help you identify and learn about the variety of plants in the garden.
Think every yellow flower is a sunflower? Think again! Sunflowers are annuals, and the yellow flowers you’ll find at Monarch City, like the Cup Plant or the Compass Plant, are perennials, so they grow back every year by themselves. Pollinators like butterflies and bees are vital to our food supply, and at Monarch City you can learn about them at your own speed.
Frogtown Green is a 10-year old, resident-led and volunteer powered initiative to make Frogtown the greenest and healthiest neighborhood in St Paul. The organization began with the successful campaign for Frogtown Park & Farm (now a St Paul city park) and has broadened to include several community gardens, a tree planting goal of 1,000 new trees for Frogtown homes, and more.
“We’ve been working on pollinator gardens in Frogtown for the last four years, so come see the fruit (or, more accurately, flowers) of our labors!” urge organizers. For information about Frogtown Green, visit www.frogtowngreen.com.