Just inside the entrance to Pemaquid Beach Park, visitors are greeted by a flourishing array of blossoms in a garden designed to attract and nourish butterflies, thanks to the Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA). Planted in 2009, the 175 sq. ft. Butterfly Garden is overseen by Master Gardeners and PWA members, Cyndy Fairbanks and Mary Bausch, with garden-tending help from Kathyrn Armstrong and other PWA volunteers, as well as Park staff.
The plants are thriving. Blooms that promise to be especially attractive this year are from globe thistle, multiple varieties of coreopsis, butterfly bush, and bee balm in three different colors. As in past years, Great Salt Bay School (GSBS) students provided annuals to add to the color array.
The Park provides picnic tables around the garden where visitors can sit and enjoy the garden and watch for the butterflies. As the plantings mature and butterfly migration peaks, the public can expect to enjoy graceful swarms of monarchs, swallowtails, admirals, and more.
To reach the Park from Damariscotta, take the Bristol Road (State Rte 130) about 12 miles. Take the first right about 50 yards after the Fire Department (and just before Hanna’s Service Station) onto Snowball Hill Road. Travel 9/10ths of a mile. At the bottom of the hill, on the left, there is a sign for the entrance to Pemaquid Beach Park. Visitors must pay the Town’s park admission fee.