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
John R. Watson Community
Resource Center Educational
Rain Garden & Butterfly
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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
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).