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Create a butterfly habitat in your garden

Posted 1/17/2017

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener explains the process

Marie showing seed packets

Master Gardener Anne Marie Lardeau, Milkweed project chairperson, displays seed packets for pick-up.

On Saturday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Anne Marie Lardeau will present the process of creating a Monarch Butterfly habitat in your garden. The workshop will take place at Cooperative Extension’s Research Center and Demonstration Orchard located at 4600 Horse Drive, North Las Vegas, Nev.

Lardeau will explain how and why Las Vegas is a part of the fall Monarch Butterfly migration; the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly; and how you can attract Monarchs to your garden.

Lardeau will also review the southern Nevada native Milkweed plants, the exclusive food for the Monarch caterpillars; the non-Nevada Milkweeds that are attractive and can survive in our climate; and the nectar plants favored by Monarchs that bloom during their migration.

Seeds of the native rush milkweed (Asclepias subulata) and instructions on how to grow them will be available free to the public.

For more information, email or call the Master Gardener Help Desk at 702-257-5555.

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