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though, re­sult­ing in the foun­da­tion dis­tribut­ing more than 30,000 milkweed plants and a half-mil­lion seeds. Milkweed ma­nia spread through­out the rest of the monarch’s north­ern range, from eastern Man­i­toba to the Mar­itimes, with count­less groups and in­di­vid­u­als adding milkweed and other but­ter­fly-friendly plants to gar­dens, school­yards, parks and road­sides.

Vol­un­teer “rangers” with the foun­da­tion’s But­ter­fly­way Project have found par­tic­u­larly cre­ative ways to add but­ter­fly­friendly habi­tat. They’ve planted neigh­bour­hood net­works of “ca­noe gar­dens” filled with na­tive wild­flow­ers, hosted fun mu­si­cal pa­rades and filled laneways with colour­ful but­ter­fly-in­spired mu­rals by lo­cal street artists. City gov­ern­ments have also taken flight. Markham be­came the first monar­ch­friendly city in Canada. Toronto be­came the largest city in North Amer­ica to sign the May­ors’ Monarch Pledge, while also adopt­ing one of Canada’s most am­bi­tious pol­li­na­tor strate­gies. More than a dozen On­tario com­mu­ni­ties and nine mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have all joined the grow­ing move­ment to bring mon­archs back.

Milkweed can now be found in many gar­den cen­tres and nurs­eries in Toronto and else­where, and an Plant your milkweed in­doors in De­cem­ber. Trans­fer outdoors af­ter the last frost.

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