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What Zone is Highlands

I have always planted as if I am in Zone 6. Several experienced local gardeners say they have garden spots that are Zone. 5

What are zones and why do we care about them?

The US Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zone Map defines 11 bands across the nation according to average annual minimal temperatures.  The average coldes temperatures for Zones 6 and 5 are:

  •            -10 degrees to zero degrees Fahrenheit in Zone 6

  •            -20 degress to -10 degrees Fahrenheit in Zone 5

The cold hardiness of a perennial plant - the minimum temperature the plant will tolerate before experiencing cold damage - is indicated by the zones where the plant grows.

All of the perennial plants sold at the Mountain Garden Club's plant sale can survive and thrive in Zone 5 and 6.

Use zone information as a guide, not an absolute.  You may have microclimates in your garden where certain plants "winter over" better than others.  Varietal differences, soil condition, drainage, sunlight, wind exposure, mulch - as well as proper fertilizing and watering - also determine which plants will do well for you.

Use the descriptions on the following pages to  help select and care for your mountain-grown plants.



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5 Fridays of Butteflies

Mountain Garden Club’s Monarch Butterfly Learning Activities for K and 1st Grade Students at Highlands School


May ??

May ??

? to ??
Margie Potts’
and Bonnylin
Covey’s K
# of kids =?
Session 5. Monarch Migration
Objective: Students learn that monarch butterflies spend the
winter in the mountains of Mexico, then fly back to the USA in the
Outdoor Migration Game - Highlands School Soccer Field and
the girl
Students divide into 4 groups for a relay game. One group goes to
each of these 4 stations.
• Mountains of Mexico
• USA Gulf Coast
• USA Great Lakes
• USA North Carolina
Students at the Mountains of Mexico put on their wings and girl
butterflies pick up eggs (ping pong balls).
Students at all other stations stand in line at the beginning of their
crawl tubes.
The game at the Gulf Coast, Great Lakes and North Carolina
stations proceed in the same way - girls deposit their ‘eggs’ in the
bushel basket, all students crawl through the tubes (larva/pupa),
students done wings at the end of the crawl tube and girl
butterflies pick up ‘eggs’.
The Mountains of Mexico station is different - there is no basket
and no crawl tube. The students spend winter in the Mexican
Mountains (shiver, shiver) and then fly onto the Gold Coast.
The game continues until all students have spent time at each of
the 4 stations.
Classroom activity to reinforce the Monarch
• Students color in a ‘dot-to-dot’ monarch
migration on map of North and Central