Type of Garden: Educational Rain Garden and Butterfly Garden
Garden Location: John R. Watson Community Resource Center
Address: 3434 M119, Harbor Springs, MI 49740 (Click for Map)
Descriptive Garden Signs at Site: Yes
Plants Labeled at Site: No
Contact: Cydney Steeb
Phone: (231) 439-8977
E-mail: csteeb@emmetcounty.org
John R. Watson Community Resource Center Educational Rain Garden & Butterfly Garden
Copyright 2012
Otsego Conservation District
800 Livingston Blvd., Ste. 4A, Gaylord, MI 49735
(989) 732-4021 / posburn@otsegocountymi.gov / Facebook
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This rain garden was created by the Emmet County MSU Extension and the Emmet Conservation District, to demonstrate the beauty and functionality of such a garden. Water from a large parking area and entrance boulevard is channeled into the garden where it is filtered and recharges the ground water instead of being channeled directly into Little Traverse Bay.

Funding for this project was provided by the Petoskey Garden Club, JFNEW Foundation, Petoskey Rotary, Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, and Emmet County DPW.

The rain garden at the John B Watson Community Resource Center between Petoskey and Harbor Springs also functions as a monarch waystation. These waystations are intended to create, conserve and protect the appropriate habitat needed for monarch butterflies to reproduce and sustain their migration. Milkweed and nectar sources are declining due to development, genetically modified crops, and roadside management using herbicides and frequent mowing.

Seed kits and optional instructions to certify and register your site as a monarch waystation are available from Monarch Watch at http://monarchwatch.org/index.html.

Plants present include (but are not limited to): Beardtongue (Penstemon sp.), Bee Balm (Monarda didyma), Blue Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium montanum), Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor), Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica), Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepsis tuberosa), Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum), Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans), Little Blue Stem (Schizachyrium scoparius), Marsh Blazing Star (Liatris spicata), New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae), Nodding Wild Onion (Allium cernuum), Obedient Plant (Physostegia pulchella), Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis), Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum), Sand Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata), Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnate), Sweet Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum), Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum), Turtlehead (Chelone glabra), Wild Lupine (Lupinus perennis), Arrowwood (Viburnum rafinesquianum), Common Winterberry (Ilex verticillata), Common Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana), Meadowsweet (Spirea alba), Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius), Red-osier Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera), Spice Bush (Lindera benzoin), White Birch (Betula papyrifera).