Award Winning Darien Garden Club supports Milkweed Patch in DarienJun 25, 2019 03:00PM ● By Hannah Ott
A butterfly sits on a milkweed plant in the Darien Milkweed Patch. Members of the Darien Garden Club support the patch and even nurse the caterpillars inside. (Image provided by Darien Garden Club)
Darien - The Darien Garden Club was honored to receive the coveted “Garden Club of the Year” award for 2018 from the Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc.
They have received a total of nine 1st Place awards now, and eight of the awards have been forwarded to National Garden Clubs, Inc. for consideration.
The club's current “Milkweed Patch” in Darien is a recent project the team has supported. Since milkweed is the only plant that Monarch Butterflies will lay their eggs upon and the only food their caterpillars will eat until they mature, it is important for milkweeds to be cultivated. The patch is located on Plainfield Rd. just SW of the Darien Police Station & Darien City Hall.
"The plants were beautiful when they all bloomed last summer and attracted many Monarch Butterflies. Several members nurse Monarch Butterfly caterpillars to help them survive," stated Claudia Borowski of the Darien Garden Club.
The Monarch Butterfly is the State butterfly of Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Sadly, its population has been on the decline in recent years, making the club's efforts vital.
"We are proud of our conservation efforts for the rescue of the Monarch Butterfly and the cooperation of Darien in the state-wide project to protect and encourage the proliferation of the Monarch Butterfly," Borowski shared.
Visit dariengardenclub.com to learn more about what the club does for Darien and the State of Illinois.
Source: Claudia Borowski of the Darien Garden Club 630-427-1148