Diane Hunter has a background in Japanese garden design and has studied in Kyoto, Japan. She is a speaker for the Chicago Botanic Garden and has 25 years’ experience as an engaging and passionate speaker throughout the Midwest. Her own home has been featured in Midwest Living Magazine and Chicagoland Gardening Magazine. Her topic for our meeting is:
Monarch Butterfly……An Astonishing Creature. The migration of the Monarch butterfly and its overwintering colonies in the mountains of Mexico is one of greatest natural wonders of the zoological world. You will become a Monarch butterfly and will migrate with the Monarch butterfly as it leaves our Chicago garden in September for a 2500 mile journey to the remote winter roosts in the mountains of Michoacan, Mexico. As you travel with the Monarch, you will experience all the unbelievable challenges of the Monarchs’ amazing two month migration – drought, predators, freezing temperatures, strong winds, starvation and car accidents. Be on the spot to be up close, Mexico’s remote mountain wintering grounds where for 5 months, the last Monarch of our summer garden joins hundreds of millions of other Monarchs in spectacular zoological wonders called “living cathedrals” of hanging Monarch butterflies. You will follow several generations of Monarchs on their desperate return journey to Chicago in the spring. Learn how you can entice and raise these beautiful wonders of nature. Handouts will suggest which native plants are best suited for the needs of each stage of the Monarch’s life. Learn techniques to personally raise Monarch butterflies from egg to adult and how to release them for their winter migration to Mexico. Cages for raising Monarch butterflies will be sold. The Monarch butterfly will touch both your heart and your soul.
The Tri-Village Garden Club of Bartlett, Streamwood, and Hanover Park Wednesday, May 20 meeting will be at the Poplar Creek Public Library at 1405 S. Park, Streamwood, IL 60107. For additional information please contact Eileen Lucietto, President 630-289-4253 or Sandy Swenson, Vice President 630-837-0281 or http://trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress/