Butterfly paradise at Westport school

Macomber School welcomes pollinators

Posted 6/8/19

A sea of purple has blossomed outside Macomber School and the butterflies are celebrating. “The butterfly gardens have grown in and hundreds of bees and butterflies are feeding on the nectar of the …

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Butterfly paradise at Westport school

Macomber School welcomes pollinators

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A sea of purple has blossomed outside Macomber School and the butterflies are celebrating. “The butterfly gardens have grown in and hundreds of bees and butterflies are feeding on the nectar of the Nepeta,” said Westport’s Joseph Ingoldsby — American Society of Landscape Architects and a specialist in Natural and Cultural Landscapes (seen here standing alongside the Butterfly Effigy Mounds). The project, part of the Living Classrooms effort in Westport schools, aims to teach children through field work about butterfly migration, biodiversity, science and ecology right in their own schoolyard. “After two years of fundraising, public education about biodiversity, prepping, planting, composting, watering, weeding, and weed-whacking the perimeter clearing, the gardens are in full bloom, to be followed by a wave of daisies, black eyed susans, New England asters, and cone flowers in the autumn.” Mr. Ingoldsby urges all to stop by for a look at the colorful spectacle and hope that, with continued maintenance, the Butterfly Effigy Mounds can thrive at Macomber School for years to come. 

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