Thursday, July 17, 2014

Master Gardener’s “Brown Bag Lunch” Aug. 5 in Forsyth Addresses Butterfly Gardening

Contact: Chrystal Irons, business development specialist
Headquartered at the Taney County Extension Center
Tel: (417) 546-4431

FORSYTH, Mo. – The next “Brown Bag Lunch” program hosted by the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks will be held at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 5 in the demonstration garden at the Taney County Extension Center, 122 Felkins Avenue in Forsyth near the Taney County judicial center.

This month’s program address butterfly gardening. Tom Riley, retired entomology professor from Louisiana State University and a member of master gardener of the Ozarks, will present the program. His presentation will focus on creating an Ozarks butterfly garden.

The program is free and open to the public.

Plants that provide nectar for butterflies also attract hummingbirds, so Riley will discuss some of his favorite nectar plants.  He will also talk about plants that serve as food for the caterpillars of our local butterflies and how to integrate them into plans for a butterfly garden.

The last part of the program will be a tour of the Forsyth master gardener's demonstration garden to see some of these butterfly plants and hopefully some of the butterflies attracted to them.  

The Master Gardeners of the Ozarks are presenting monthly gardening programs as part of their community service.  Programs are held behind the Taney County MU Extension Center in Forsyth in the Master Gardener’s native plant garden.

The remaining schedule for the series is as follows:
Tuesday, Sept. 9, noon – “Raised Bed/Winter Gardening”
Saturday, October 4, 10 a.m. – “Pass Along Plants”

“We hope you can take time from your busy schedules and join us in our gardens,” said Master Gardener Marva Ramsey. “We are very proud of our demonstration garden behind the Taney County Extension center and love for people to come to our programs and learn new things.”

For more information call the Taney County Extension Center at 417-546-4431.


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