creating butterfly and pollinator garden at elementary school

Asked June 24, 2019, 5:34 PM EDT

I'd like to plant milkweed and nectar plants in an area at school that is not mowed and is primarily catchment for excess water from the bus area. Currently it is 2/3 native grass and about 1/3 thistle. I"m looking for advice and inexpensive butterfly/bee safe plants and any other people who might be interested in helping. School is Glen Lake Elem in the Hopkins system, located in town of Minnetonka.

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Thank you for the question. Please check out the University of Minnesota Landscape Design website. There you will find a wealth of good information on pollinator gardening and a section on how to find plants:
To find out if Hennepin County master gardeners have resources for you:


479 Prairie Center Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Phone: (612) 596-2130
Fax: (952) 828-7280

Thank you for contacting Extension.