On Sunday, August 15th after the service we processed out to the new Memorial/Meditation Garden for a dedication and blessing. It was a beautiful day, and our spirits bloomed along with the flowers and plants that greeted us. Fr. Pete walked through the garden and sprinkled his blessing among the plants as he led us in a beautiful dedication service. Afterwards we enjoyed a yummy spread of charcuterie and cake provided by the ECW Soulciety Group.

Monarch Butterfly on Showy Milkweed (Asclepias Speciosa)
The Monarch Butterfly may be one of the most recognizable butterflies around.  Since the 1990’s the Monarch has seen a decline in its population by upwards of 90%.  Threatened by habitat loss, increased use of pesticides and climate change impacts. For monarchs, the decline is inextricably linked to a decline in the milkweed plant, the only plant that the monarch uses for breeding.
In our effort to conserve this beautiful butterfly and bring it back to St. Germain’s garden we will be looking for and planting – Showy Milkweed (Asclepias Speciosa) the native milkweed for Washington State.
In Spring of 2022 everyone in Hoodsport will be able to declare, “Yes, I’ve seen that butterfly in the gardens of St. Germain.”