Celebrate Mom As Oxbow Hosts Butterfly Day May 3
The Oxbow’s native butterfly garden began with a group of children who formed the Junior Butterfly Garden Club, planning, designing, planting and maintaining the garden. From that genesis, a group of Oxbow volunteers greatly expanded the garden, implementing a butterfly trail in the design. These dedicated volunteers will treat visitors to tours of the garden, discussing the native plants that support butterflies, moths, and caterpillars.
You can learn more about butterflies during a lecture at 10:30 a.m., as Oxbow’s Education Coordinator and Naturalist Amanda Thompson presents the life history of butterflies and interesting behaviors and adaptations some butterflies have to succeed in the wild. At noon, the fabulous Dale Galiano, master gardener, artist and lecturer, will present ways to turn trash and natural materials into garden art. Sometimes this art is simply aesthetic, sometimes functional, but it always adds beauty to the garden!
Watch as a painting comes to life with the Plein Air artists of the Treasure Coast who will be painting in the open air throughout the event. Bring the kids and help them create beautiful butterfly crafts - just in time for Mother’s Day. The Junior Butterfly Garden Club will be offering up refreshments during the day, the Lakela’s Mint Chapter of the Native Plant Society will have an informational booth and native plant sale, and the Oxbow will be holding a used book sale with lots of books on gardening, birding and more.
Parking is limited, so be sure to carpool. The Oxbow Eco-Center is a St. Lucie County Environmental Learning Center located at 5400 NE St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie on 225 acres on the St. Lucie River. For more information, contact Amanda Thompson at 772-785-5833, or send an email to email@example.com, or visit www.oxboweco.com.