February: Sulphurs

Several kinds of Sulphurs visit us at Shamrock. The easiest to identify are the bright lemon-yellow Cloudless Sulphurs. Cloudless Sulphurs and Tiger Swallowtails are the only North Carolina butterflies that can be reliably identified from a distance – even when driving down a highway. We see a lot of Sleepy Orange Sulphurs at Shamrock as…

January: If you plant it, they will come!

Planning a butterfly garden Winter is a great time for garden planning. Butterfly gardens combine nectar plants and host plants. Nectar plants Flowering nectar plants feed butterflies and many other pollinators. Your garden will be liveliest if you plant a variety of nectar plants that flower in abundance at different times of the year. We…

2020 Butterfly Calendars to be distributed soon

After 10 years of raising butterflies here at Shamrock Gardens, the PTA is celebrating by issuing a 2020 calendar. It tells the story of our butterfly program and describes many of Charlotte’s best-known butterflies. Orders are now closed for the year. Thank you to all who ordered calendars.

Butterflies abounding!

Butterfly season is underway! Kindergarten, First, Third and Fourth grade classes have been raising caterpillars from our gardens and learning about their amazing lives. Second graders will get their caterpillars next week. PreK students and Fifth graders will start raising Luna Moths in mid-October. Ask your students what’s happening in their classrooms.

Butterflies!

Butterflies have been in short supply around North Carolina this summer, but activity is starting to pick up. The Sulphurs – medium-sized yellow butterflies – are especially active right now. Senna is the sulphur host plant. If you’re over at Shamrock, check out our senna plants for eggs. They look like tiny white footballs. Also…

We need your help this summer!

No one told the gardens that school is out! This is the most productive time of year, and we need people to come help us weed, water, and most importantly, EAT all of this wonderful food! Please sign up for a time to come to the garden. On the day of your choosing, you may…

Goodbye Mr. Marcus!

For the last two years, FoodCorps worker Marcus McFarland has devoted his boundless love and energy to our garden program, helping students plant, tend, harvest and cook while teaching them about their bodies and the remarkable natural world around them. We will miss you, Mr. Marcus, but we look forward to seeing what you accomplish…

With a little help from our friends…

We hosted a garden work day with the help from our neighbors at Garinger High School! They helped us build birdhouses, carry soil, and clean up after the cold winter. One of the biggest projects (definitely the heaviest), was moving the compost pile around the school to where it now sits by the playground. The…