Deadline to register for workshop on butterfly gardening

Date(s) - Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015
5:00 pm

Audubon Center & Sanctuary


A workshop on creating a garden to attract butterflies will be held 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, PA.

The cost is $16 for the public or $12 for Friends of the Nature Center and children ages 9-15.

Reservations are requested by Tuesday, July 21 and can be made online or by calling (716) 569-2345.

You can learn how to make the butterflies stay in your yard by providing the food, habitat and shelter they require for all stages of their lives.

Instructor Jeff Tome will describe how a few simple plants and paying attention to basic butterfly needs can transform your yard into a butterfly paradise.

Butterflies need more than a couple of butterfly bushes to attract them. Many require certain plants to lay their eggs on. Many caterpillars only eat from one family of plants or even only one particular plant.

Discover how to create a butterfly habitat in your yard, no matter how small or large it is. The class will cover everything from butterfly corners to creating a butterfly meadow, all using the same techniques on different scales.

The class will be indoors and with an outdoor tour of the Nature Center’s butterfly garden.

Tome is a naturalist at the Audubon Nature Center who has created butterfly habitat in his yard through gardens and other plantings for the last 10 years. He spends many hours during the summer raising butterflies that will be released at the Monarch Butterfly Festival on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, August 29.