Master Gardeners to discuss plans for Monarch butterfly waystation

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The Master Gardeners of Natchitoches Parish will meet Wednesday, Feb 14 at 10 a.m. at 560 Second St., Natchitoches. Refreshments will be available at 9:30 a.m.

Guest speaker, Judy McIntyre, will discuss plans for a Monarch butterfly waystation. Monarch waystations are places that provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. Without milkweeds throughout their spring and summer breeding areas in North America, monarchs would not be able to produce the successive generations that culminate in the migration each fall. Similarly, without nectar from flowers these fall migratory monarch butterflies would be unable to make their long journey to overwintering grounds in Mexico. The need for host plants for larvae and energy sources for adults applies to all monarch and butterfly populations around the world.

A new class for potential Master Gardeners starts April 2 at 3 p.m. The 10-week course costs $150 per student. Sign up at the Parish Extension office at 624 Second St.