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Friday, May 29, 2009

Butterfly Gardening

In recent years butterfly gardening has become quite popular for those who enjoy the beauty of Monarchs, moths and other winged beauties. Depending on the region of the country, these are some of the plants that attract butterflies: purple cone flowers, yellow cone flowers, lilies, daisies, milkweed, the butterfly bush, zinnias among others.

For more on butterfly gardening, the library has an array of books to browse. Here is a sampling:

Butterflies in the Garden by Carol Lerner

Attracting Butterflies and Humming Birds to Your Backyard by Sally Roth

The Family Butterfly Book by Frank Mikula

Butterfly Gardening: Creating Summer Magic in Your Garden by Xerces Society


Don’t Miss . . .

Oakton Library’s Butterfly Garden
Did you know Oakton Library has a butterfly garden? It's part of their backyard wildlife habitat which was recently certified by the National Wildlife Federation. Certification means Oakton's garden provides food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young as well as incorporating sustainable gardening practices. To learn more about Oakton's butterfly garden, attend "Butterflies In Our Backyard" at Oakton Library on June 6 at 11 a.m. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library (click on Events and Calendar of Events) or call 703-242-4020.

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