Butterfly Gardening

The Door County Master Gardeners will present a free public program on butterfly gardening on April 8 at 7 pm at Crossroads at Big Creek. Chriss Daubner, a Door County Master Gardener and Wild Ones member, will present this colorful and informative program.

Drawing butterflies to home gardens has become increasingly popular in recent years. Gardeners enjoy seeing Monarchs, Red or White Admirals, Swallowtails, Mourning Cloaks, or any number of butterfly species fluttering about during the warm summer days. To make your garden a butterfly magnet, you need to do more than just plant some flowers. You need to understand what makes butterflies tick, how they reproduce, what they eat, and how they choose a garden to visit. When you understand butterflies, you will know what to plant and how to maintain a garden that provides a healthy home for them. Now is a good time to prepare to welcome butterflies to your garden.

Daubner will talk in detail about the lives of butterflies, and then speak about how a home gardener can make their garden a welcoming place where butterflies will flourish. Using pictures from her own butterfly and prairie gardens, she will illustrate planting ideas and show which plants grow well here and at the same time attract butterflies.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information email [email protected].