2023 Report: Milkweed Giveaway to support the Monarchs!
During the 2023 Native Plant Expo, our staff and teams of volunteers distributed free milkweed and resources to support threatened monarch populations. Here's the impact:
Did you receive plants?
We'll be following up providing resources and to survey on plant survival and butterfly identification on your plants.
Happy growing for butterflies! (and all those lovely insects!)
The Washtenaw County Conservation District had the unique opportunity to offer the 2023 Milkweed Giveaway thanks to a significant donation from two individuals with a long history in conservation and concern for diminishing native ecosystems and species, in particular the Migratory Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus), an icon charismatic indicator species that recently received the globally ENDANGERED status. With the donated funds, we are offering free native milkweed (Asclepias spp.) plants, which the Monarch depends on as a larval host plant, through the annual WCCD native plant sales.
The free milkweed plants were available in the pre-sale at three levels:
Also available for pre-order was a "Monarch Waystation" Garden kit, a flat of 38 plugs with a mix of different species (10 or more) geared towards attracting Monarch butterflies specifically. During the Expo, Designs By Nature will be selling these kits.
Milkweed Giveaway during the
Native Plant Expo & Marketplace
We will also be giving away a limited number of free 2" pots to attendees during the Native Plant Expo & Marketplace on June 3rd, along with many resources and educational materials on milkweed planting and protecting the endangered Monarch Butterfly.
As this program was supported by an individual donation, the WCCD programs can grow and evolve with donation support. You can donate to the WCCD to support programs like these at the button below. You can specify what motivated your donation on the cart before the checkout page:
Monarch Butterfly Resources:
Related WCCD & Partner programs: