Butterfly Gardens for the Gulf Coast

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Sunday, September 21st

1 – 4 PM

Come on out for a casual Sunday afternoon at the Gardens and enjoy the butterflies. We will have lots of butterfly attracting plants for sale, a butterfly artist, and lemonade & cookies to enjoy. Bill Finch will be on hand to teach a class – see below for details.


2-4 pm

Bill Finch, Instructor

$25 – Members, $35 – Nonmembers

Contact the MBG office at 251.342.0555 to Register for class

September is the month of butterflies along the Gulf Coast, the season when it seems there are as many butterflies as there are wildflowers. But if you want more of these butterflies in your yard, you need to remember that the Gulf Coast’s special assortment of butterflies, ranging from zebra longwings to Gulf fritillaries, need a Gulf Coast diet, based on the nectar and caterpillar food sources these butterflies have known for hundreds of thousands of years.

Bill Finch and his special butterfly guests will take a close look at the kinds of plants that really attract Gulf Coast butterflies in the right seasons. We’ll tour the butterflies and wildflowers in the Botanical Gardens’ Longleaf Forest. And then we’ll design butterfly gardens for your yard guaranteed to attract our native butterflies.

Shade Gardening



Tuesday, August 26, 6-8 pm

$25 members; $35 non-members

No sunlight? No problem! Shade-loving plants can create a very different and beautiful type of garden. Bring photos of your shady spot for recommendations.


Fall Vegetable Gardening

Saturday, September 6, 9-11 am

$25 members; $35 non-members

Now is the time to start planning if you want to cultivate the fruits of the cool season. A Fall garden is a delight – garlic, lettuces, fennel, greens, winter squash and more. Learn how and when to plant for high harvest and low maintenance. We’ll go over the  planting calendar,  provide recommendations, and talk about where to find the best plants and seeds.