O’MALEY INNOVATION SIXTH GRADE BUTTERFLY GARDEN A SMASHING SUCCESS!!!

Plant and They Will Come!

The proof is in the caterpillars!

IMG_23482nd Instar Black Swallowtail Caterpillar ~ Willa Brosnihan Photo

Monday I had the great joy of being given the grand tour of the O’Maley Innovation School Butterfly Garden recently installed by Mrs. McGrath’s sixth grade class. We first had a screening of my film Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly and then went out to the garden to see the very same caterpillars!

The garden hits all the right notes with caterpillar food plants and colorful nectar-rich, butterfly attracting flowers. With the bed dug entirely by the students (you can see by the surrounding beds that the soil must have been incredibly compacted), prepped, and all planting done by the kids it is truly a fabulous accomplishment. You’ll see amazingly adorned handmade and beautifully painted informational signs and butterfly baths.

The garden was made possible though an award winning project created by students Emma Duckworth, Willa Brosnihan, and Kelsey Lowthers. For more information see the Awesome Gloucester Foundation O’Maley Butterfly Garden project page here .

IMG_2353Emma Duckworth Photo

Emma, Willa Kelsey Butterfly Garden ©Kim Smith 2015Project creators Emma, Willa, and Kelsey

IMG_2328Hand painted water dish for butterflies and birds. 

Willa photographing caterpilarsWilla photographing caterpillars

O'Maley Sixth Grade Butterfly Gardeners ©Kim Smith 2015

See More Photos Here

IMG_2346Kelsey Lowthers Photo

IMG_2349Willa Brosnihan Photo

IMG_2352Willa Brosnihan Photo

IMG_2351Willa Brosnihan PhotoO'Maley Butterfly Garden Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015

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