Help the Monarch Butterfly by planting milkweed

You can support Ohio Monarch butterfly populations by planting milkweed, which you can get for free from Mentor Public Library's Seed Library.

You can support Ohio Monarch butterfly populations by planting milkweed, which you can get for free from Mentor Public Library’s Seed Library.

Ohio pollinators are in trouble. The populations of many pollinators like bees and and butterflies are declining because of habitat loss. One threatened species is the Monarch butterfly.

This colorful visitor migrates to our region in the late summer each year. But you can help them by planting milkweed — the plant on which their caterpillars subsist exclusively.

You can get milkweed for free from Mentor Public Library's seed library.

You can get milkweed for free from Mentor Public Library’s seed library.

And where can you get milkweed? You can have some for free from our seed library! Our Adult Reference Manager Amy Senning has spent the last few months collecting milkweed pods for us to share with you.

Here’s how our Seed Library works. Anyone with a CLEVNET card in good standing can check out seeds from the library for their own garden. The library’s collection includes more than 100 varieties of seed, including herbs, flowers, vegetables and fruit. People can check out as many as 15 types of seed per year.

You can take those seeds; and, if they grow into plants, save some of their seed and donate it to the library.

November is the best time to plant milkweed. (Here are some simple steps for planting milkweed, if you’re looking for a primer.) Help create both a home and food for Monarch butterflies by planting milkweed.

By the way, any green thumbs should check out the special collection from Holden Forests & Gardens’ Corning Library available at our Main Branch.

In addition to a gorgeous arboretum in Kirtland, Holden also has a spectacular collection of gardening, horticulture, environmental and botany books at Corning Library within its arboretum.

Dozens of Corning Library’s books are now available to borrow at our Main Branch. Thanks to a partnership between libraries, you can use your cards to check out books from this special collection. Our typical lending rules apply.

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