The Butterfly Gardens/Meadows
Butterfly Gardens were established in the park, in the flood plain of Connelly's run with funding from outside agencies. As the introduced plants have become established, the gardens are now being allowed to revert to Butterfly Meadows. Maintenance of the meadows depends on volunteer labor. If you'd like to help, please contact us.
In August and September spaces for two gardens were cleared of weedy trees and shrubs. Both gardens were in the floodplain of Connelly's Run; one along the road that runs through the park, the other near the bridge over the run. Volunteers from Pathways for Radford, freshman in the Service Learning program at Radford University, and students in Botany at the University cleared the last of the brush from these sites, marked out the boundaries of the gardens, mulched footpaths in the garden, and planted dozens of wildflowers native to southwestern Virginia. Many of the species planted were already known to grow wild elsewhere in the park.
Once the gardens had been set up as described, ongoing surveys of butterflies in the different parts of the gardens were conducted. In addition, signs were installed in the park with pictures of common plants and butterflies of the area, enabling park visitors to identify the plants and butterflies that they saw. Data cards were made available in the park, allowing visitors to record their observations of butterflies in the area. Data from the gardens is being analyzed to help us understand the diversity of species in the park, and how that diversity may be helped or harmed by our attempts at improving the park.
Butterflies to be expected in the gardens/meadows
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Last updated 5 June 2003