The Gonzales Garden Club met at Vice President Jamie Trisler’s home in Gonzales on Feb. 3 for a butterfly conservation program.
Hostesses were Jamie Trisler, Kat Hightower, Shirley Lyons, Marilyn Oubre, Janis Poche, Mabel Savoy and Dana Teepell.
Member Conchita Richey facilitated a presentation by Southern University senior research associate Mila Berhane, who spoke about creating butterfly habitats.
Guest Andeab Berhane, proprietor of Greenhand Nursery, shared young plants with dual functions of hosting the eggs and caterpillars plus providing nectar for butterflies.
Richey’s exhibit of “Monarch Waystations in Our Gardens” explained the importance of providing resources that nurture monarch butterfly migrations to increase their chance of survival.
Barbara McCormick’s gardening tip of the month addressed how to harvest and plant seeds for growing butterfly plants.
Now is a good time to plant hardy trees and shrubs in the landscape, according to February’s horticultural hint.
Members Lorraine Gautreau, Mary Jo Pohlig and Pat Mouton also provided vertical flower arrangements for critique.