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Admire the Beauty of Monona’s Butterfly Gardens and Trails
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Admire the Beauty of Monona’s Butterfly Gardens and Trails

When you think of a butterfly, what do you think of? Do you imagine a beautiful, iconic orange and black monarch butterfly or a small, fragile yellow, green or blue creature? Whatever the case you can see many varieties on a visit to Monona, Iowa. On Earth Day in 2000, a committee of volunteers developed a donated piece of ground in Monona that is now known as the Monona Butterfly Gardens and Trails.

The iconic monarch butterfly is often viewed as the most recognized butterfly in North America but this is not the only insect of beauty you will find in Monona. Many varieties of butterflies call these gardens home. As you walk along the one mile trail, you'll realize that you are in an amazingly beautiful and tranquil location. The benches throughout allow time for relaxation and admiring all that the trail has to offer. Many species of natives plants and flowers paint a brilliant canvas as the background of the garden.

Plants in the garden include some of the top pollinator wildflowers for monarchs like mountain mint, liatris, boneset, joe pye weed, aster, goldenrod, sunflower, milkweed, baptisia, coneflower, prairie clover, and wild senna; keep your eyes peeled as you explore the gardens and you'll find just about all of these awe inspiring gardens.

The butterfly garden project would not be possible without the generous donation of funds and time from countless volunteers. For more information about becoming a partner to preserve the beauty of butterflies, contact Jim Langhus at 563-563-4670 or email

For more information about the gardens and to see pictures, join our public Facebook group and visit our website. Next time you are ready to enjoy the tranquility that nature has to offer, take a relaxing drive to Monona, Iowa to enjoy the Butterfly Gardens and Trails!

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    Sounds like a trip to Monona is in order! Thanks for sharing this treasure!

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