Cape Gazette

Cadbury garden is haven for monarch butterflies

Jun 27, 2014
Photo by: Ron MacArthur A monarch finds a perch in the Cadbury butterfly garden. When released, dozens immediately flew to the garden.

During a June 22 ceremony under royal blue skies, dozens of colorful monarch butterflies were set free to a new home in the Cadbury at Lewes butterfly garden. The garden, donated by the Gehron family, is a certified monarch waystation. Stations are set up along the monarch's 3,000-mile migration route from Mexico to areas throughout the United States and Canada.

Cadbury residents and family members purchased monarchs to honor loved ones and benefit Cadbury Senior Services and the Friends of Cadbury Fund. The garden – with 150 plants favored by monarchs – is part of the commemorative walkway celebrating Cadbury's residents, staff, family and friends.

Residents, staff and Lewes in Bloom volunteers assisted in planting the garden.


Natalie Bernier of Nashville, Tenn., explains to her daughter, Olivette, how to let the monarch butterfly out of its envelope. Olivette is the great-granddaughter of Cadbury residents Ruth and John Folta. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Bill Gehron, left, surprises his mother and father, Patricia and William Gehron, when he announces the Cadbury butterfly garden is named in their honor. The family covered expenses for creating the memorial garden and monarch waystation. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A  monarch butterfly lands on a butterfly bush, the most popular perch in the garden. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Olivette Bernier looks for butterflies after their release in the garden. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A large crowd of Cadbury residents, family and friends gather for the monarch butterfly release. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A monarch spreads it wings on a tree near the garden. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Two monarchs land on a butterfly bush in the Cadbury garden, which is filled with 150 plants to attract monarchs. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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