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MVP donates pollinator plants to help the monarch butterfly

Updated: 6 days ago

On Sunday, May 5, Madison Visionary Partners hosted a pollinator plant giveaway to celebrate the completion of the March of the Monarch mural outside of Honest Coffee Roasters.

We gave away 110 native pollinator plants, including milkweed, mountain mint, spotted bee balm and black-eyed susans. The plants were provided by Blooming Garden and Reseda Nursery and sponsored by Bank Independent.

One of the goals of the mural is to spread awareness of the monarch butterfly's migration route.

The monarch butterfly, Alabama's state insect, faces significant challenges. Eastern migratory Monarch butterfly populations decreased by 59% in 2024 due in part to loss of habitat.

Monarchs are pollinators, and need the same habitats (native milkweed and other nectar flowers) as many other pollinators and other wildlife. Providing enough habitat is essential

to maintaining a balanced food web within the ecosystems that are critical in sustaining us.

By planting pollinator plants at your home or business, you can provide habitat and food to

monarchs to help them grow and develop as they migrate through Madison.

In addition to providing free plants to the community, MVP also donated plants and supplies to boost the existing monarch waystation at Dublin Park. MVP build this station with the Master Gardeners three years ago. We also donated plants to Discovery Middle School's STEM Academy.

MVP will continue to provide educational opportunities about the monarch butterfly through its March of the Monarch mural program. We are also in the planning stages of a spring 2025 event with Rocket City Mom and other community partners, so stay tuned!

To learn more about the monarch butterfly, visit

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