Our Gardens


We have beautiful gardens around the church tended by our “Gardeners of Eden.”

Bees, flies, and butterflies are excellent pollinators, fertilizing trees, flowers, and shrubbery. The pollination of a plant is necessary for it to reproduce, contributing to the production of flowers and berries. This is an important process, required by all plants with the exception of grass, wheat, and corn.

You may have heard that bee populations have been in decline. Supporting bees by planting flowers around your home can help support this vital part of our eco-system. So, while we may not think of our flower gardens as anything more than a delight to the eye, they are playing a role in conserving our environment.

First we highlight the “Butterfly Garden”

which you can find near the back parking lot, next to the preschool playground. The butterfly garden contains plants specifically chosen to attract butterflies.

(Photos are “representative” as sometimes our resident woodchuck does some “pruning.”)

buttterflybush2013-004 Butterfly Bushes (Buddleia) We have bushes in dark purple, light purple, and white.

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Pink and white coneflower (Echinacea)

 

 

 

 

 

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blackeyedsusanBlack-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BeeBalm[1]_0Bee Balm (Monarda)

 

 

 

 

 

 

wfshl-yarrow-07Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Other Church Gardens…

Perennial flowers in other Church gardens also play a part in supporting butterflies and other essential pollinators, specifically, bees. Honeybees, bumblebees, and other pollinators are under increasing stress in our world, due to pesticides, disease, narrowing crop sources, etc. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust writes that “Bumblebees are hard-working and versatile pollinators, providing an important service to agriculture. The yields of many commercial crops, such as tomatoes, peas, apples and oilseed rape benefit from bumblebee pollination.  They are also key to maintaining our biodiversity as so many wild plants depend upon them for pollination….”
So, while we may not think of our flower gardens as anything more than a delight to the eye, they are playing a role in conserving our environment. A quick stroll around the Church gardens will reveal these helpful beauties:
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2384007-iris-flowers-in-summer-sunny-city-parkIris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coreopsis_Moonbeam1Moonbeam Coreopsis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bachelor Button 2Bachelor Buttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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and many others!