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Butterfly Gardening Seminar

Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 3:01 pm

When: Back to Calendar February 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mt. Dora resident Taylor Jones will present “An Adventure in First-Year Butterfly Gardening,” a lively, humorous and highly informative talk — illustrated by dramatic photography of the winged visitors — at Trout Lake Nature Center in Eustis on Friday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m.
“It has been absolutely fascinating,” Jones says of the experience. His interest in butterflies and moths developed at an early age; he recalls “running around in the Okefenokee Swamp with my butterfly net.” In recent years, it has led to a deeper understanding of the intricate relationships among the delicate, winged creatures and the plant life on which they depend.
Upon moving to his Mt. Dora home in spring of 2015, Jones began experimenting with butterfly gardening, creating a 20 x 8-foot “host garden” that contains eight plant species on which butterflies lay eggs and which provide a food source for caterpillars. Along a nearby property border, he created a 40 x 8-foot “nectar garden” containing 23 plant species native to Florida.
“You don’t have to have a big, expansive space to have a butterfly garden,” he notes. And, he adds, “Central Florida is a terrific habitat for many species of butterflies . . . offering a butterfly-rich environment.”
The compact garden arrangement has enabled him to assess the impact of variations in rainfall amounts on the plants and the species that inhabit an area. He will discuss drought, its impact on the food supply, and the best way for gardeners to respond to extreme variations in rainfall. And he will outline his approach to the predators – wasps, birds, snakes, toads and lizards among them – that inevitably appear when their food supply is plentiful.
Jones is an editorial cartoonist by profession. His caricatures and cartoons have been syndicated with the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, the Tribune Media Services and, most recently, Cagle Cartoons.
There is no charge for the program; donations are welcomed to help support the work of the nonprofit nature center.
Trout Lake Nature Center, 520 E. CR 44, Eustis, FL 32736