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Welcome Monarchs to your Garden

San Antonio is all aflutter with monarch butterflies, now migrating over Texas en route to Mexico to roost for the winter. Come celebrate this fantastic flight this weekend!

Monarch butterflies are making their way through Texas en route to Mexico to roost for the winter — and this is the peak week to spot them in San Antonio.

The Texas Butterfly Ranch is celebrating this fantastic flutter with the 2017 Butterfly and Pollinator Festival . This year’s theme: “Butterflies without Borders.”

As part of the weekend celebration, the Gardening Volunteers of South Texas are offering an interactive butterfly garden training program (pdf) at the Pearl Studio, 200 E. Grayson.

There are three one-hour sessions available Oct. 22:

11 a.m.-noon
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
1:30-2:30 p.m.

The seminar will focus on the importance of the monarch butterfly, plants that provide the best nectar or larvae food sources, and a step-by-step instructions to plant a monarch garden.

Following the presentation, participants will create their own butterfly garden using magnetic boards with templates of multiple garden shapes with magnetic plant pictures.

Cost is $10; Click here to register. Class is limited to 40 people.

Several events are happening throughout the weekend at various locations. Spend the weekend in downtown San Antonio and learn all about the many butterflies of South Texas!

Mark Peterson
Mark Peterson
Mark A. Peterson is a conservation project coordinator for San Antonio Water System. With over 30 years of experience as an urban forester and arborist, Mark is probably the only person you know who actually prunes trees for fun. When not expounding on the benefits of trees and limited lawns, you’re likely to find him hiking San Antonio’s wilderness parks or expounding on the virtues of geography and history to his friends.
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