Free Public Education Class "Butterflies In Your Garden" Offered On Saturday

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Master Gardeners of Hamilton County (MGHC), in association with the University of Tennessee Extension, will extend their outreach with a free class on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon. The topic will be “Butterflies in Your Garden” presented by master gardener Beth Rice.

MGHC classes take place at the UT Extension, Agricultural Service Center, 6183 Adamson Circle, located off Bonny Oaks Drive. Advance registration is suggested. To register for this class, send email to: For more information, visit:

Master Gardener Beth Rice loved butterflies and wanted a yard filled with these beautiful winged creatures. Her passion has led her to create a unique habitat where they could thrive. In the last few years, Ms. Rice has almost completely replaced all the plants in her yard with “butterfly friendly” plants. She has collected a wide range of different host plants, which are attractive to butterflies for laying their eggs and for their caterpillars to eat, as well as nectar plants to provide butterflies with energy. Illustrating her talk with pictures of her own yard, Ms. Rice will provide many details on how you can achieve your own butterfly garden and enjoy these colorful and important pollinators.

Master Gardeners of Hamilton County is a non-profit, educational, volunteer organization that plays an important role in the civic life of Chattanooga and the surrounding area. Among the many on-going landscaping and garden partnerships undertaken by MGHC are: Aquarium Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden, Bonny Oaks Arboretum, Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Chattanooga Zoo, McCoy Farm & Garden, Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, and Siskin Children’s Garden.

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