“What’s alive in Hamilton” butterfly checklist says the city of Hamilton has over 100 species of butterflies and moths.However, due to factors like loss of habitat and chemical use, populations (such as monarch butterflies) continue to decline.
Hamilton Pollinator Paradise project is planting native habitat to attract and nurture more butterflies and other pollinators. On August 5th, we will be replanting the Victoria Park Butterfly Garden and you’re invited!
The garden was originally planted in 2009 by the City of Hamilton for Strathcona School.
Karen Must, a teacher through the Scholastic, Arts and Global Education (SAGE) at the school, initiated whole school participation within the international Monarch Program, in which students raise monarchs in the classroom, releasing them in the fall. SAGE is a program “of choice” with a focus on community involvement both locally and globally.
The garden represented a first time partnership between the school and The City of Hamilton -- a $50,000 donation to create an irrigated outdoor classroom in Victoria Park to be included in the redesign of Victoria Park.
Former parent, volunteer and champion of the garden, Calla Shea-Pelletier is looking forward to carrying on the notion of the garden as a hub for community engagement. “Not only has the Butterfly Garden been a collaboration between SAGE and the larger school community, as well, neighbours and interested visitors have all worked to maintain the garden in Victoria Park,” Calla says. “The outdoor garden was meant to be a place for celebration.”