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Earth Day Celebration: Monarch Conservation!
April 20, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm CST| free with admission
Come to Taltree Arboretum & Gardens April 20 and learn about the Monarch butterfly and its migration from Mexico. With stops along their way through the U.S. throughout the spring and summer, they need places to reproduce and feed, and we have an opportunity to assist in keeping this beautiful butterfly alive.
From 10 am to 3 pm April 20, Taltree’s AmeriCorps volunteers will read stories, lead crafts, discuss the lifecycle of a Monarch, and give tours of our gardens, including the Monarch Waystation in the Native Plant Garden.
Monarch larvae rely solely on milkweed plants to feed upon and produce young. Taltree’s Monarch Waystation contains species of milkweed as well as nectar plants for adult Monarchs and other butterflies.
Monarch butterflies are a very important species to Taltree because their populations are declining due to habitat destruction in both their summer and winter habitats.
Taltree will offer milkweed plants for visitors to plant in their own gardens, enabling them to contribute to the conservation of this precious species.
Clean-up Day is an annual tradition at Taltree. In honor of Earth Day, come out and help the horticulture staff clean away the leaves and cut back the perennials to make way for new shoots and buds. All levels of garden savvy welcome. This activity is open to families as well! Contact Stephanie Heyer to sign up!