“It was just a great time getting dirty and having a great time,” explains Abe Hollins, St. Louis Catholic School third-grader, when asked about the creation of a butterfly garden in Brum Woods.
The third-, fourth- and fifth-grade teachers at the school collaborated with park employee Larry Schutte and Marla and Matt Nobbe of 5 Oaks Garden Center to develop a butterfly garden in Brum Woods. It is located along the backside of Lena’s Loop near State Road 229, reports fourth-grade teacher Jill Hollins.
Schutte worked hard to remove the sod from the 25-by-4-foot area used to plant the garden before the students dug in and got their hands dirty. While he prepared the ground, the teachers contacted 5 Oaks to find out what variety of plants butterflies would need to continue to visit the area.
The Nobbes laid out a plot with a variety of plants – bee balm, purple coneflower, columbine, blue lobelia, coreopsis, butterfly weed, veronica, autumn joy sedum, lime zinger sedum, Miss Molly butterfly bushes, Fourth of July butterfly bush and althea. They also sent a butterfly house and butterfly garden decorations.
During this time, the teachers and students spent some time learning about butterflies and plants. The youngsters learned what peat moss is and why it is used. They also made origami butterflies, studied the plants to be planted, watched a video of the butterfly migration and studied the different kinds of butterflies local to Indiana – eastern black swallowtail, eastern tiger swallowtail, monarch, painted lady and clouded sulphur.
When the area was finally ready to be planted, a great many steps had to take place to complete the garden. On May 6, the fourth-grade classes headed to Brum Woods to begin. They were responsible for unloading the plants, mulch and peat moss from the truck. They then had to follow the plot laid out for the garden to place the plants in the correct places.