UPCOMING EVENTS

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JUNE CONCERTS


June 8, 15 and 22 –
Thursdays at 5:30pm 
Bring a blanket and enjoy live music!

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COMING in JUNE!

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RESERVE THE GAZEBO

Have your next party in the park

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OUR LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

There’s a new Little Free Library in town, and it’s inside our park! Borrow a book; donate a book. All reading levels are welcomed. 
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PHASES ONE AND TWO ARE COMPLETE…ON TO PHASE THREE!


Donations are welcomed and are tax-deductible.

The Friends of Washington Market Park is planning a butterfly garden for our favorite park. We hope to make the park a welcoming stop for butterflies – some of which are endangered in NY state – and educate the community in the process. The garden will beautify an otherwise unplanted area of the park and provide an educational opportunity for children and adults alike to learn about butterflies, their life cycles and the plants with which they interact.

Parks Department Gardener Richie Haugland has developed a master plan for the butterfly garden (layout shown below.) Once funding is secured we will begin work! The Butterfly Garden of Washington Market Park will emerge in spring 2017. Our campaign will be run in three phases:

PHASE ONE
launched October 24, 2016… COMPLETED OCTOBER 31, 2016

During phase one we raised $1500 to fund plants and signage for The Butterfly Garden. We were awarded  $750 in matching funds as part of the Partnership For Parks Matching Grant Challenge with ioby!


PHASE TWO
launched October 31, 2016… COMPLETED DECEMBER 31, 2016

During phase two we worked with the NYC Parks Department to select fencing for The Butterfly Garden and its paths.


PHASE THREE
launched January 1, 2017
During phase three we will be installing the garden fencing, developing garden signage, and purchasing and installing plants and soil amendments. Please stay tuned for our Butterfly Garden grand opening date this spring…to be announced soon!


THE PROJECT

With The Butterfly Garden at Washington Market Park we hope to benefit butterflies in New York City, create an educational feature for the community, and beautify Washington Market Park all at the same time. We hope you’ll join our campaign by contributing, spreading the word and visiting the garden and its pollinators next spring and beyond!

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Plants planned for The Butterfly Garden:

Tickseed – Coreopsis grandiflora
Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
Salvia – Salvia nemorosa
Beeblossom – Gaura lindheimeri
Catmint – Nepeta faassenii
Gayfeather – Liatris spicata
Cardinal Flower – Lobelia speciose
Butterfly Bush – Buddleia
Milkweed – Asclepias
Coneflower – Echinacea
Butterfly Weed – Asclepias Tuberosa
Goldrenrod – Solidago sempervirens

as well as assorted annuals

 

More information about butterflies and pollinators:

North American Butterfly Association

Butterflies and Moths of North America

Monarch Butterflies by Journey North

American Museum of Natural History – “The Butterfly Conservatory”

New York Botanical Garden – “Butterfly Gardens”

New York State Conservationist – “Butterflies and Moths in New York State”

North American Butterfly Association – “Top Butterfly Nectar Flowers”

Cornell University – “Some Butterflies and Moths”

American Museum of Natural History – “A Pictorial Guide to Some Common Bees of the New York City Metropolitan Area”

The Xerces Society – “Polinator Conservation”



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