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How and Why to attract Butterflies to your Garden, and how to certify your habitat with the National Wildlife Federation. www.nwf.org

How and Why to attract Butterflies to your Garden, and how to certify your habitat with the National Wildlife Federation. www.nwf.org

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    • Monarch Butterfly Release Project American Beauties Native Plants 2009
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    • Grow a Butterfly Garden by Christine Dvornik
      • Age: Preschool and up Time: An afternoon or more Type of activity: Nature Arts and Crafts
      • Materials needed: ·  Flowering plants or flower seeds ·  Clean, empty milk carton ·  Scissors ·  Gardening tools ·  A small garden plot, a few large planters, or windowboxes
    • Butterfly Garden
    • Grow a Butterfly Garden by Christine Dvornik
      • What to do:
      • Step One: Butterflies like flowers that are fragrant, have large petals or blossoms, and require bright sunlight. These types of plants give butterflies easy access to their food: nectar from the flowers. Which flowers are best? Try giant swallowtail, prickly ash, swallowtail ash, violets, pansy, pearl crescent, asters, milkweed, ageratum, bee balm, bougainvillea, calendula, coneflower, dahlia, daylily, geranium, hibiscus, marigold, milkweed, snapdragon, yellow sage, and zinnia.
      • Step Two: Choose a location for your butterfly garden that has good soil and plenty of direct sunlight.
      • Step Three: Make sure the garden soil is moist, then begin to plant your plants or seeds (see seed packets for directions). Keep in mind that groups of flowers are easier for butterflies to migrate to, so plant your flowers in bunches.
      • Step Four: Lay some flat stones on the ground near your flowers. Butterflies will perch on the stones and bask in the sun.
    • Grow a Butterfly Garden by Christine Dvornik
      • Step Five: Next, you'll want to create a shallow puddle or puddles, depending on the size of your garden, to give butterflies a place to drink water and socialize.
      • To make the puddle, cut the top off the milk carton using your scissors, leaving the sides about 1-1/2 inches high.
      • Step Six: Now, clear a space in the garden for your "puddle." Put the carton directly on the soil. You can add a few stones to decorate the outer edge of the carton and keep it from blowing away. This will also give the butterflies other perches to rest on.
      • Step Seven: When the carton is secure, fill it with clean, fresh water.
      • Step Eight: Remember to water your garden regularly and keep any weeds and grass from crowding out the flowers.
      • Step Nine: Watch how your garden grows and attracts beautiful butterflies all season long!
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    • National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat www.abnativeplants.com
    • NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat
      • 120,000+ wildlife enthusiasts across the country are recognized for creating havens for neighborhood wildlife in their very own yards.
      • These individuals have provided the essential elements for healthy and sustainable wildlife habitats and have earned the distinction of being part of National Wildlife Federation's Certified Wildlife Habitat™ program.
      • And, once you complete your application, you'll be eligible to purchase the "wildly" popular Certified Wildlife Habitat™ yard sign that shows your commitment to conserving wildlife.
      • www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0EjNAEXMuw
    • NWF Certified Wildlife Federation
      • Start your certification application here >>
      • Your $20 application fee gets you these great benefits:
      • A personalized certificate that recognizes your NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat™.
      • A free NWF membership which includes a full year's subscription to the award-winning National Wildlife® magazine and 10% off all NWF catalog purchases.
      • A free subscription to the quarterly e-newsletter, Habitats , full of insightful tips and information on gardening and attracting wildlife year after year.
      • Your name listed in NWF's National registry of certified habitats...to recognize all you've done for wildlife.
      • And, once you complete your application, you'll be eligible to purchase the "wildly" popular Certified Wildlife Habitat™ yard sign that shows your commitment to conserving wildlife.
      • www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0EjNAEXMuw
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