Menard, Texas, is a small town with concerned citizens. One couple has taken on the project of educating children about gardening through the Junior Master Gardener program. They have classes for students from kindergarten through junior high.
This couple also maintains the citys Marjorie Russel Education memorial garden.
On this visit with the Master Gardener students who were finishing their course for certification, the garden was alive with butterflies. Bluemist Flowers (Conoclinium coelestinum) is a must have plant for central Texans to attract butterflies. I admit that I’m prejudged about this plant because it has been so successful in my own yard.
Monarch butterflies absolutely must have milkweed plants to survive. This tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) is one of the showier milkweeds that is a beauty in the garden. Unfortunately, mine freeze each year and don’t return.
On the right are rose hips from spent roses.
Not only do the Junior Master Gardeners meet here and plant their own plots, anyone in the community can rent one of these plots for $10 to $30, depending on what they can afford. The city provides the water, and the couple in charge do the watering. What a deal.
I admire people who give of themselves to their communities.
“Trump and Clinton are like divorced parents fighting over custody of us. And we just wanna live with Grandma.” unknown