Huntley Pollinator Garden set up near the library

  • A planting crew for Huntley Pollinator Garden at Parisek Park, from left: Wesley Peete, Karen Hutchings, Dan Ruggles, Scott Crowe, Colin Riley, Alex Gilland, Ben Schnulle, Monique Mahon, and Jason Irving.

    A planting crew for Huntley Pollinator Garden at Parisek Park, from left: Wesley Peete, Karen Hutchings, Dan Ruggles, Scott Crowe, Colin Riley, Alex Gilland, Ben Schnulle, Monique Mahon, and Jason Irving. Courtesy of Huntley Park District

 
 
Updated 6/20/2022 3:53 PM

The Huntley Pollinator Garden at Parisek Park is attracting the monarch butterflies, birds, bees, and other creatures that pollinate the farmland and gardens that grow our food.

Three-fourths of the world's flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world's food crops depend on animal pollination to reproduce.

 

Together, the Village of Huntley, Huntley Park District, and the Rotary Club of Huntley designed, created and planted the garden and ecosystem east of the Huntley Area Public Library in a lovely, open, sunny setting.

Did you know that monarch butterflies need milkweed and flowering plants to complete their life cycle? Milkweed is the only food monarch caterpillars can eat and adult monarchs drink nectar from a wide variety of flowering plans.

Huntley Pollinator Garden will support a variety of species and interactions from plants and animals to fungi. A primary goal is to provide pollen and nectar from native plants to keep pollinator populations thriving.

Native plants provide a variety of beautiful blooms throughout the growing season and continues to benefit this area's fauna through colder months by providing shelter.

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Visit Huntley Pollinator Garden at Parisek Park to see the new plants and return often to enjoy the wildlife, colorful flowers, and peaceful atmosphere.

You may wish to add pollinator plants to your own yard and be a contributor to the survival of pollinators.

The park is at 10881 Allegheny Pass, in the Georgian Place of Huntley subdivision.

For more information, contact www.huntley.il.us, HuntleyParks.org, or HuntleyRotary.org.

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