Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Butterfly Festival 2012

After spending the morning at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks, I spent a few hours in the afternoon volunteering in the "Caterpillar Petting Zoo" at the 4th annual Friends of the Garden Butterfly Festival! The event included activities such as butterfly gardening and photography workshops, tours of the Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House, a butterfly release, live music, vendors...

I took along ten very active and friendly pipevine swallowtail caterpillars who seemed to somewhat enjoy being "petted."  Some visitors were a little more serious and reluctant that others to touch, but most warmed up to the idea of a squirmy caterpillar crawling on them...

This is such a great educational event for young children, and I enjoyed talking to other volunteers who get as excited as I do over finding a native host plant on your property or spotting a new butterfly visitor to your garden!

For more info on the Butterfly Festival and the Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House, click here:  Friends of the Garden

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