CID plants butterfly gardens along the Avenue

Nikki Lansford
Editorial Assistant

With over 400 plants in the ground, nice weather and community fun, the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) butterfly garden planting was a success.

The event, hosted by the Chamber and the Independence Avenue Community Improvement District (CID), occurred Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During this time, the organizations and community volunteers came together to help plant monarch plant kits in planter beds and pots along Independence Ave. between Montagall and Wabash avenues.

The butterfly gardens are a part of the Monarch Mariposa Project, which is sponsored by Kansas City Southern Railroad, the Kansas City Downtown Rotary Club and Suburban Lawn & Garden. The goal of the project is to help save the monarch butterfly population by providing safe spaces for the butterflies to rest along their migration route south to Mexico.

A total of 27 kits supplied by Suburban Lawn & Garden were planted along the Avenue that morning, said Mike Spady, Urban Planner and Director of Operations for the CID.

Some of the plants in the kits included Butterfly Weed, Blue Wild Indigo and Pale Coneflower. Each flower from the kits was carefully selected as a way to provide optimal support for the monarchs traveling through the area, Spady said.

Markers were placed in each planter bed and pot days prior to the event. The markers were then used on the day of to outline where each plant from the kits would be placed.

“It took just a couple days to place the markers in each bed,” said CID Street Ambassador Shae Walkin, who was in charge of placing the markers along the Avenue.

There was an importance to mapping out where each plant would go before the actual planting began, Spady said. For instance, it was important to know which plants were designated for the south side, and which for the north, so that plants got the proper sunlight they required.

On the morning of the event, CID members and community volunteers were tasked with matching plants to their corresponding markers and then simply planting them in their appointed spot.

The event started a little slow in the beginning, but after the first couple planter beds were completed, the butterfly garden planting was well on its way.

“We had to substitute some plants around,” Walker said when addressing the slow beginning to the morning. “[Suburban Lawn & Garden] sent us a bunch of flowers that were not on the list, so I’m like, ‘Okay, we’ll just have to make some substitutions.’”

The event brought out a handful of community members who wanted to help support the Avenue and the Monarchs. One volunteer, Bill O’Brien, brought his daughter out to help with planting the gardens.

“We actually just moved to the KC area from Seattle, and so we’re just trying to get involved in our community,” O’Brien said. He said it was an easy sell to get his daughter to come out and help because she loves the monarch butterflies she has seen on her family’s camping trips to Mount Baker.

In addition to the actual planting, the event offered much more to its community members who stopped by to help. There were sweet treats, such as popsicles from Frutopia, drinks provided by Eleos Coffee House and free gifts for kids.

The Chamber and CID also provided volunteers with the opportunity to have their face painted by Pendleton ArtsBlock resident Bethany Alzanadi for the first half of the event. For the second half, professional mime Beth Byrd-Lonkski appeared as the event’s mascot known as “Betty the Butterfly.”

The hope is these monarch butterfly gardens will not only make the Avenue look nice, but also provide a “waystation” for butterflies migrating through the area, said Bobbi Baker-Hughes, President and CEO of the chamber and manager of the CID.

“The monarchs symbolize emigration and transformation,” Baker-Hughes said. “And I say that that’s what our community here is built upon, our immigrants coming in and transforming their lives and this community.”

Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
Enter your email address and click on the Get Instant Access button.
We respect your privacy

Comments are closed.

  • Osage sculpture recovered

    September 15th, 2021

    GoFundMe effort to help cover restoration Michael Bushnell Publisher Under the cover of darkness on an early August night, thieves […]

    ‘Where the world collides’

    September 15th, 2021

    Della Lamb prepares to welcome Afghan refugees Abby Hoover Managing Editor Like many refugee resettlement agencies, Della Lamb Community Services […]

    YOUTH R.I.S.E. motivates young Northeast soccer athletes

    September 15th, 2021

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor The Youth R.I.S.E. soccer club is not only making a name for itself on the field, […]

    Sheffield Place debuts renovation, expands services for single mothers

    September 15th, 2021

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor Sheffield Place, a rehabilitation center and home for single mothers and their children, unveiled its much […]

    Youth football field plagued by vandals

    September 15th, 2021

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor Over the past two months, the Missouri Wolverines have been the victim of vandalism with increasing […]

    Accident takes life of motorcyclist at Indep/Spruce

    September 13th, 2021

    Just after 2am Sunday morning, KCPD officers responded to the area of Independence and Spruce on the report of a […]

    Shooting for a great cause

    September 11th, 2021

    Over 200 shooters took part today in the 6th annual John b-mesh Memorial Scholarship Sporting Clays shoot held at powder […]

    Problem building burns again

    September 10th, 2021

    Fire broke out this morning a little after 8 a.m. at an abandoned apartment building at 5208 Independence Avenue. Kansas […]

  • Lykins neighborhood searches for illegal dumpers

    September 9th, 2021

    Lykins neighborhood leadership is searching for illegal dumpers who left trash in a vacant lot owned by the Lykins Neighborhood […]

    Gallery: Kansas City Museum Derby Party

    September 8th, 2021

    Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below! Enter your email address and click on […]

    Man fatally shot at 19th and Vine Tuesday night

    September 8th, 2021

    One man is dead following an overnight shooting near 19th and Vine Street. This morning at 10 minutes after midnight, […]

    Kansas City Museum debuts renovation at annual Derby Party

    September 8th, 2021

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor The 2021 Derby Party at the Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone Blvd., was a grand affair […]

    D.O. More United raises funds for Christine’s Place

    September 8th, 2021

    Michael Bushnell Publisher Christine’s Place and Relentless Pursuit are working to combat human trafficking along one of the city’s oldest […]

    Kansas City Public School’s Lincoln Prep to be featured in PBS documentary

    September 8th, 2021

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor In the heart of Kansas City sits “The Castle on the Hill,” an educational institution with […]

    Mayor announces KC Redistricting Commission

    September 7th, 2021

    Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas today announced his appointments to Kansas City’s Redistricting Commission. The Commission will hold its first […]

    There’s a new sheriff in town and it doesn’t miss a thing

    September 2nd, 2021

    Due to an ongoing spate of targeted vandalism at the Cricket Wireless store at 2633 Independence Blvd., the Independence Avenue […]

  • Northeast Newscast

  • Faces Of Northeast

  • Postcard

    Katz pays the tax

    September 15th, 2021

  • Remember This?

    Remember this?

    September 15th, 2021

  • retorts illustrated by bryan stalder

  • Want articles sent directly to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
    We respect your privacy and will not distribute your information.