Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Daycare Teachers... The Matzke Park Butterfly Garden and Learning Center invites your classes for ages 4-7 to a free, forty-five minute program on the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly presented by Norchester Garden Club. 

Each class lasts 45 minutes and includes: A story in the Gazebo by Catherine the Caterpillar; a guided walk in the garden to identify plants and perhaps find a feeding caterpillar; a short craft. Two teachers must accompany each group of seven children. (21 children per session) 

Class Times:   9:00 am 10:00 am 11:00am
Currently Available Dates:
April 18, Thursday
April 19, Friday
April 26, Friday
April 29, Monday
April 30, Tuesday  

Reservations required.     Reservation deadline: April 12, 2013 noon 

For Reservations or Further Inquires:  Please leave your contact information at   matzke.garden@sbcglobal.net      and someone will get back to you 

After you have made a reservation you will be sent a required release form to be returned with the names of the teachers who will be bringing the children. There will be no rain date. Matzke Park Entrance is on Jones Road, opposite McDonalds. The garden is beyond the building. There is a large playground structure near the garden as well as benches and picnic tables. Rest rooms are in the building.

Friday, February 1, 2013

What Was Down.. Is Up

The new Matzke Butterfly Garden Fence... that is.  It is going up.   They began to install the panels this morning and I think it looks absolutely GREAT.   It will be so much nicer and easier to maintain.  There should be no maintenance at all. The baked on white powder coat over the iron should hold up very well.  And a bit of spray enamel will take care of scratches that might rust.   The base of the pickets are intended to be about 6 inches off the ground to keep soccer balls out, yet provide easy access to weed from both sides.  Higher is also better when it comes to the kids who like to vault it from time-to-time.  The top of the pickets should discourage that behavior as well.

Although the planning began much earlier, the initial garden construction began on 22 March, 2007 after the water line was in place.   So the garden is two months shy of being 6 years old.  We are so fortunate to have such generous benefactors that have provided this new fence and most of the permanent structures in the garden over the past 6  years.  Thank you, thank you.

The garden is enjoyed daily by many and will be for years to come.