“Grandmother’s Garden” is a NABA Certified Butterfly Garden in LaGrange, TX at the Texas Quilt Museum. This period garden is styled after gardens from the 1890′s which is around the date that the museum buildings were built. The garden features native plants for pollinators, as well as a variety of antique roses.
The garden is named after a popular quilt pattern from the 1930′s. Designed to inspire creativity and contemplantion, “Grandmother’s Garden” is an example of the many ways that butterfly gardens can be created to serve both people and the environment.
The Texas Quilt Museum is holding its first juried competition, titled BUTTERFLY WHIRL, inspired by NABA, the National Butterfly Center, and the National Quilt Museum. The touring exhibit of these beautiful works of art in textiles will debut at the National Butterfly Center Labor Day weekend 2014! Look for an article about the exhibit in your coming issue of American Butterflies magazine.
Learn more at The Texas Quilt Museum
Every summer, we wait to see what butterflies will visit our gardens. Some years we wait longer than others and start to wonder “where are the butterflies?”
Users of NABA-Chat, a listserve where members of North American Butterfly Association can post questions and seek feedback on all things concerning butterflies, have been pondering the low numbers of Monarchs seen so far this year in North America. Other butterflies have been mentioned and also seem to be in short supply.
From State College, PA, Annapolis, MD, Mansfield, OH, Houston, TX, and Montclair, NJ, NABA members have reported low numbers so far.
What butterflies have visited your garden this month? Are you seeing as many butterflies as in past years? Please include your location with your information.
NABA hosts “Sightings“, a page where you may post your recent butterfly sightings. All butterfly sightings are welcome, but very unusual sightings will be labeled as “possible” unless accompanied by a recognizable photograph, or convincing description of the butterfly and the circumstances of its sighting.
Photos, such as this Pipevine Swallowtail seen and photographed by Stephen Buckingham in Morris County, NJ, often accompany the butterfly lists, making Sightings a useful guide for new butterfliers who are learning to identify butterflies. Watch for sightings in your location to learn what butterflies might be seen in your garden or on your field trip!
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