United States of America, Illinois, Cook County, Evanston
Grosse Point Lighthouse Butterfly Garden (Evanston, Illinois)
Established in 1997, the Grosse Pointe Lighthouse Butterfly Garden is a project of the Garden Club of Evanston. Located on the grounds of Lighthouse Park adjacent to the club's Wildflower Trail Garden, the garden was designed to attract a variety of butterflies and to support both adult butterflies and caterpillars. The correct plant material assures that the butterflies have the high-energy food sources they require. It also assures that the butterflies will have the kinds of plants upon which to both lay their eggs and provide nourishment for the larvae. Water, a stone for sunning, and a butterfly house for protection are also included in the garden. Similarly, garden maintenance is scheduled to support the butterfly's life cycle: no fall clean up and a dormant winter to leave the larvae undisturbed, and a gentle, late spring clean up to allow the butterflies to emerge. Commonly spotted in the garden are species such as monarch, cabbage, black swallowtail, and painted lady. The garden continues to educate the community about butterflies, their life cycle, and the need to protect them as their natural habitats are lost to construction and contaminated with pesticides. See also the Archives of American Gardens' entry for the Grosse Point Lighthouse Wildflower Trail Park, IL113.
Persons and organizations associated with the garden include: the United States Government (former owner, 1871-1935); the Evanston Lighthouse Park District (owner, 1937 to date); and the Garden Club of Evanston (caretaker, 1997 to date).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, historical information about the site, a plant list and planting plans, and other information.