Mayor Slay helps plant garden to attract butterflies at city hall

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis City Hall was fluttering with activity Monday morning. A group of preschoolers, along with Mayor Francis Slay and other community partners, planted a monarch butterfly garden outside city hall.

It’s part of the city’s Milkweeds for Monarchs Initiative. Each garden is planted with milkweeds, which these butterflies depend on.

The program’s aim is to connect people with nature in urban areas, while helping to revitalize the shrinking monarch butterfly population. There are already more than one hundred of these gardens planted at schools, fire houses, and businesses, and in private backyards across the city. Mayor Slay says, “When people get closer to nature and start thinking about nature, it helps them psychologically, reduces stress, and also, you know, it’s fun. I really enjoy it. I’ve got two butterfly gardens in my own backyard. My wife and I enjoy watching the interaction between the insects and the plants.”

Partners include the St. Louis Zoo, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Missouri Botanical Garden and Missouri Department of Conservation.

For more info on Milkweeds for Monarchs, and planting your own butterfly garden, visit the program’s website.