The urquhart butterfly garden 2016-08-02

The urquhart butterfly garden

2016-08-03

Red spotted Admiral Butterfly

Red spotted Admiral Butterfly

Urquhart Butterfly Garden, Hamilton, ON L0R 2H9

Thanks to a generous grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation the old panels on the UBG kiosk have been replaced with colourful new ones.  The beautiful eye-catching new panels have been designed by Michelle Sharp

Black Swallowtail and that Dam Hornet

Black Swallowtail and that Dam Hornet

 

 

Before “we” went into the garden, Ingrid had a surprise for us all. We all participated in some stretching Exercises, a type of Meditative clearing of the mind.

Dropping all Luggage before the Grand Entrance.This was new exciting. I stepped back and took a few images, and Joined back into the Circle.

Anne, Shelly, Sheri, Ingrid and Fariborz

Anne, Shelly, Sheri, Ingrid and Fariborz

 

The five Human beings had a great day and would suggest this activity to anyone seeking Respite, relaxation, and the chance to touch Mother Nature and let her Lead the way. All five of us were well prepared and had a wonderful time, including this writer.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

 

Join Joanne Tunnicliffe, expert Gardener and Outdoor Educator in the Urquhart Butterfly Garden’s final event of the 2015 Summer Series. This event is particularly suitable for kids, so bring them along!

Joanne has a wealth of knowledge about the herbs and wildflowers which grow abundantly throughout the garden. In the presentation, she will discuss the qualities of the plants and the relationship that occurs between the plants and other life forms.

Cabbage White Butterfly

Cabbage White Butterfly

 

Joanne’s presentations are both enlightening and informative, engaging people of all ages. She is especially known for her exceptionally realistic bird calls that garner responses from nearby birds.

I was able to get 50 Raw images that represented here. Ingrid took this great image of me taking pics and give her full Credit for this Image.Thank you Ingrid Exner.

Owner DW Photography

Owner DW Photography

 

Past walks have been enlightening and have yielded sightings of magnificent butterflies such as the stunning Great Spangled Fritillary, a butterfly not commonly seen in the garden.

Although the summer is coming to an end, there are still many beautiful and fascinating species residing in the garden. Don’t miss out on this final opportunity to experience the garden to the fullest with Matt’s leadership.

Named after pioneering entomologists Dr. Frederick and Norah Urquhart,  who after forty years of patient research solved the mystery of the migrating monarchs, construction of Canada’s first municipal butterfly garden began in 1994.

Chicory

Chicory

Located in Centennial Park on the banks of the Desjardins Canal, it is heavily planted with nectar and foliage plants needed by butterflies and their caterpillars. It is maintained without the use of pesticides, many of which are detrimental to butterfly populations.
The garden is the brainchild of local businesswoman Joanna Chapman, who in 1992 catalyzed the formation of a group known as the “Butterfly Coalition”.

Red Admiral and Wild flower

Red Admiral and Wild flower

Members of the Coalition secured funding, identified an appropriate site, solicited contributions in kind from many local businesses and individuals, gained the support of the Town of Dundas and devoted many hours of their own time to planting and maintaining the garden.

Silver Spotted Skipper

Silver Spotted Skipper

Beyond creating valuable new butterfly habitat, the garden’s objectives include educating the public about how to contribute to protecting butterfly populations.

Swamp Thistle

Swamp Thistle

Snow Berry Clear Winged Moth

Snow Berry Clear Winged Moth

The garden also provides a relaxing, natural environment where people of all ages can learn about the diversity of local butterfly species and enjoy their beauty.

Our Keystone species

Our Keystone species

The Humble Bee

The Humble Bee

 

The garden now consists of six large raised beds, each approximately 75 × 35 feet, and the adjacent bank of the canal. All are planted with shrubs, perennials and annuals. The Butterfly Coalition also planted ten memorial apple trees in Centennial Park, just adjacent to the garden.

 

Since municipal amalgamation, Dundas is now part of the City of Hamilton.

Urquhart Butterfly Garden

Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium

SOURCES, Wikipedia,  Joanne Tunnicliffe, Dundas, Hamilton and the urquhart butterfly garden.

Doug  Worrall Photography

Images by

Doug Worrall

of

DW Photography

thanks the staff and writers at Pics4twitts.com

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