The Snetsinger Butterfly Garden at Tom Tudek Memorial Park is a diverse ecosystem with over 30 resident species of butterflies and its garden is enriched with more than 200 species of native plants serving as caterpillar hosts and providing nectar for adult butterflies. Read More
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Penn State Extension Master Gardeners Snetsinger Butterfly Garden Project Impact Statement Regarding the COVID-19 Virus
Since the Governors “Stay at Home” order, Master Gardeners have not been permitted to work in the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden (SBG). This has disrupted our normal schedule of maintaining our demonstration gardens. With the Governors designation of moving Centre County from the Red to Yellow Phase of recovery, we are now permitted to work in the garden. However, the Master Gardener stewards of the SBG have decided that is important that we do our part to protect against the inadvertent spread of COVID-19 to our Master Gardeners, volunteers, friends, and visitors. So for the time being we are letting Mother Nature take care of the garden. Don’t worry – she is the greatest master gardener of all, and our pollinators will be just fine.
That does not mean that the SBG isn’t vital – she still is and she will continue providing an essential habitat to our many pollinators even without our assistance. Our SBG stewards will use this year as a teaching tool to show what Mother Nature does on her own! We will be sending Master Gardeners to the garden to take pictures and to document the changes, and this will become an integral part of our ongoing educational outreach programming.
We are certain you will want to visit the garden, too, and you are welcome. We hope that even in her more natural appearance, you will still find beauty, peace, and solace in the life she supports. But with this invitation, we also ask that you kindly honor social distancing when you visit and wear a mask when you see our gardeners and friends in and around the gardens. If you have questions, want to see our latest updates, or to contact us, go to our website and Facebook page at:
On behalf of all of the SBG Master Gardeners, we wish you continued good health and look forward to fully reopening in the months ahead.