Meet Sweetie the Swallowtail Caterpillar

23 Oct
Sweetie was discovered today, on plants in the herb box behind 225 Adams Street. Sweetie eats parsley, carrot tops, and dill — to fuel their transformation into a swallowtail butterfly.
We’ve placed them in a habitat outside the play area. If Sweetie is of interest, you have about one day — possibly less — to observe them before they go into chrysalis. They’ll be in their “cocoon” type enclosure for 1-2 weeks before emerging…Or, they could chose to overwinter and turn into a butterfly in the spring.
Check’em out soon! We didn’t have many butterflies visit or leave eggs this year, probably because of the construction — so lets celebrate this one!

Many, Many Thanks!

12 Oct

Much appreciation to all the residents who attended the garden fundraiser on Saturday despite the chilly weather! And, of course, lots of gratitude to all those who donated funds to help keep the garden going — and growing. CVers are a generous bunch!

We will keep the fundraiser open for another few days. If you didn’t get a chance to stop by, or forgot to give, you are very welcome to donate to the self-funded now. Checks (made out to CVOI) can be left at the office or for Shari Rueckl, 195 Adams St, Apt 15B. Her Venmo handle is @misssha .

Today! Garden Party Starts at 4:30pm

8 Oct

Join us! We’ll be outside with drinks and snacks today from 4:30 to 6pm.

Sat 10/8, 4:30pm: Garden Fundraiser!

5 Oct

Hope to see you Saturday! Want to bring something?

Wine or cheese always works..


Save the Date: Garden Party 10/8, 4:30pm

30 Sep

Welcome Monarch Butterflies!

27 Aug

The 2022 migration has begun!

In late August, masses of these butterflies begin an epic trip stretching thousands of miles from areas across the United States and as far north as Canada to overwinter in mountaintops of Central Mexico.

On their way south, the amazing Monarchs pass through CV to eat our native milkweeds.

A typical Monarch travels for 30-45 days. This year, the migration is expected to pass through our area from @ Aug 23, 2022 until @ Sept 15, 2022, peaking, roughly, during the first weeks of September.

They won’t hang around long. Monarchs will travel as much as 2,100 miles, averaging 50 miles a day, to reach their destination in Central Mexico by the end of October.

Resting in the treetops, the butterflies hibernate for four months, covering oyamel fir trees (Abies religiosa) in thick layers that resemble black and orange leaves. During this period, the monarchs sit with wings folded, living off of fat reserves, until they head north in the Spring.

Want to Help Catch and Raise Butterflies Here at CV?

On nice days, we will aim to be outside at 1pm and around 4-6pm. Any grownup residents (and their kids, if they have them) can learn to help safely catch and tag the butterflies. (Watch this video from min 5 to 7 to see how to net and handle the creatures.) To get involved and learn more about when we plan to be outside, please send an email message to We keep the pro-grade nets locked in the shed and limit shed access to active garden members (its never too late to join!)

Collecting Caterpillars to Raise

Monarch butterflies only lay eggs on milkweed, so any caterpillars found on the pink and white flowered plants are baby Monarch butterflies. We can raise these in the net habitats. — if you find one please alert the group ( and put it into the habitat with some milkweed. Its best to keep the caterpillar outside and avoid touching it (our germs can hurt them.) After a week or two , it will turn into a crysalys, transforming after 7-10 days, then emerge as a butterfly.

Learn more about Monarch Butterfly Conservation Efforts at CV here. Thanks in advance for your interest and support.

Early August in the CV Garden: Flowers Galore!

7 Aug
African marigolds

Late July Flowers and Fruit

6 Aug

Blossoms & Fruits: Weekend Highlights, End of June 2022

26 Jun
Lavender flower
Grape tomato
Swamp milkweed
Cucumber flower
New plantings in play area shade garden

Related: See Garden Photos From June 2021

Have you Seen the Morning Dove Nest Behind 215?

21 Jun

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