Members of The Garden Club of Orange recently planted milkweeds, which were grown from seed, at the Turkey Hill Preserve. Milkweeds are a major food source for the Monarch butterfly which is in danger of extinction due to the elimination of their natural habitats and feeding grounds. The tiny seeds, the size of a pinhead, were planted by club members under the direction of Linda Bradford. At the appropriate time the seedlings were placed in Maryellen Holden’s greenhouse at Buttermilk Lane for continued growth until they were ready for planting at the Preserve. Sharon Ewen, Conservation Commission Vice Chairman, advised the club on the best locations for planting the milkweeds.
The Garden Club of Orange is a member of the FGCCT, NGC & the New England Region of National Garden Clubs. For membership information, call Joanne Friedrichs, 203-795-4266.
Pictured: Maryellen Bespuda, Nancy Bartle, Marion Rizzo, Ellie Torello, Pat Nizen