Dayspring Villa’s new butterfly garden

Community Life

Posted: July 12, 2018

Our community gets a lot of phone calls from family members who start off by saying “You are the closest assisted living near me.” There’s nothing wrong with wanting to keep things local when helping a loved one search for senior living – we are very proud to be a part of our Sloan’s Lake/Highlands “Slo-Hi” neighborhood. Being nearby shouldn’t be your primary consideration when helping a loved one look for senior living – you also need to consider quality of life! Dayspring Villa is a community where elders get involved and have a purpose, which is why we chose our community tag-line “Life Shines Brighter.”

One way that our elders have found purpose this summer is through our new Butterfly Garden. This year Dayspring Villa was able to partner with the Butterfly Pavilion’s Senior Habitat Gardening Program. Our elders learned from Butterfly Pavilion staff about the life cycle of butterflies, the kinds of plants that butterflies and caterpillars need to survive, and strategies for promoting local butterflies to visit our garden. The Butterfly Pavilion then provided our elders with their own butterfly-friendly plants to start butterfly garden.

Our elders have loved keeping the plants watered and healthy and watching all the bees and butterflies come to drink nectar from the garden. So far we have spotted a Monarch, a Swallowtail, and several Cabbage butterflies! They will also be getting their own caterpillars to care for and release next spring. These perennial plants will allow our elders to provide a safe and nurturing habitat for the butterflies of Denver. More importantly, it gives them a purpose and a chance to give back. And these are the things that make for senior living with a high quality of life!

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