Free plants for your pollinator garden

Saturday event in Goebel part of butterfly initiative in The Cov

COVINGTON, Ky. – If you want to attract butterflies to your yard, here’s your chance to get some free perennial plants to start or add to a pollinator garden.

The people who manage the Goebel Park Pollinator Garden in the Covington park just east of Interstate 75 will be digging up and “dividing” an array of perennial plants whose flowers provide nectar or pollen that attract butterflies, moths, bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators.

Anybody who comes between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday can take away a sampling of plants that include those in the picture above: Beauty berry bush, Lamb’s ear, Brown-eyed susan (taller than a black-eyed susan and blooms later), wood poppy, cup plant, and “Fireworks” goldenrod.

“This event is a win-win-win for the Goebel garden, property owners in Covington, and of course butterflies and bees,” said Melissa Lucas, garden coordinator and member of the Northern Kentucky Group of the Sierra Club. “Removing the plants we have in abundance will help other plant species in the garden to seed and spread and create a wider variety of plants in the future. And finding new homes for the plants we dig up will – hopefully – create new pollinator gardens across Covington.”

Garden volunteers will help with plant removal. They will have pots available for transporting plants but feel free to bring your own. They will also have fact sheets about the plants and the care of them for people to take home.

More details can be found HERE. The garden is on the north side of the park near Fifth Street.

Hosts of the event are Covington Parks & Recreation, Keep Covington Beautiful, and the Northern Kentucky Group of the Sierra Club.

Helping butterflies

The 6-year-old Goebel Park Pollinator Garden is part of Covington’s participation in a national effort to save the monarch butterfly called the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge. 

For more information, see HERE.

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