Bob Erlich's Butterfly Waystation
Welcome back, Bob...
Bob Erlich talks about Monarchs, Butterfly Gardens and such
April 5th at 6:30 p.m., EP Public Library
Continuing with our spring theme of urban gardening, we have a program on using our gardens to help the migrating butterflies on their way.
Our April presenter is Bob Erlich, an Evergreen Park resident for 40 years who has become the local sage on raising, sustaining, and furthering the dwindling butterfly population.
Bob has been a mentor to our garden club over the years. He presented at our very first meeting in September 2010, discussing his newly planted butterfly waystation at the library.
One year later while opening our program, Bob was rewarded by the library with an ornamental boulder in the butterfly garden commemorating his efforts. When our plant sale moved to the library, Bob assisted by bringing trays of butterfly-friendly plants to help local gardeners aid the insects.
Bob is always seeking volunteers for the local public butterfly gardens. Besides the Evergreen Park Library there are now butterfly gardens in Oak Lawn at the Ronald McDonald House and in Palos Heights at Lake Katherine. We are thrilled to welcome Bob back and catch up on his expanded knowledge.
Join us at 6:30 pm on April 5, 2018, in the
EP library's downstairs conference room.
Butterfly Friendly Plants
Backyard waystations provide homes and food for traveling butterflies
Butterflies can be very choosy about what plants attract them for food and egg-laying. The University of Illinois extension has many good articles on their website and Bob Erlich has given us much information on plantings. Adult butterflies like nectar from purple coneflowers, Joe Pye weed, vervain, black-eyed susans, and bee balm, to name a few. Monarchs lay eggs on milkweed and butterfly weed, while black swallowtails prefer parsley, dill and carrots.
A warm, sunny spot is most attractive to them.
Thanks to the Evergreen Park Public Library and their director, Nicki Seidl, for their unwavering support!