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Ellsworth Garden Club to Offer Program on Butterflies of Maine

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ELLSWORTH – The Ellsworth Garden Club will host an illustrated talk by Pat and Lee Snyder on the butterflies of Maine and their natural habitats at 7pm on August 23rd.  Pat and Lee Snyder have travelled extensively across the state of Maine observing and taking photographs of the diverse range of butterflies that make their summer–and in some cases winter–homes here. Pat Snyder’s work at the Fields Pond Audubon Center in Brewer has included the planting of a butterfly garden and leading many butterfly walks through the varied habitats that can be found there. Beside her work for Maine Audubon, Ms Snyder is also Penobscot District Director for the Garden Club Federation of Maine. Open to the public free of charge, the illustrated talk will be hosted by Woodlawn Museum, Gardens and Park in its Sleigh Barn. Woodlawn is located on the Surry Road (Rt. 172) in Ellsworth. Refreshments will be served.

This program is a continuation of a three year program by the Ellsworth Garden Club and some of its Master Gardener Volunteer members focusing on acquainting the public with ways of landscaping their property to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. In 2007 the club began a planting project at a 2 acre site at McGinley Pond at Birdsacre in Ellsworth where they created naturalized plantings using exclusively native plants which attract hummingbirds and butterflies. That project has included programs for the general public at Birdsacre each year as well as in school and on site programs involving children. In June the Club received two awards from the Garden Club Federation of Maine for this project: the Environmental Award for Youth Activities and the Muriel Soule Junior Conservation Award for an outstanding youth conservation project. For more information contact Mary Blackstone at 207 667 8878.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Mary Blackstone, 5 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth 040605

Telephone Number: (207)667-8878

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Email: blackstm@uregina.ca