Why are humans so captivated by butterflies? I’m willing to posit it has more to do with their extraordinary journey through complete butterfly metamorphosis than it has to do with their spectacular coloration. Considering that the ancient Greeks used the same word, “psyche,” to refer to both the butterfly and the soul, we clearly associate […]Read More
Lauren holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in horticulture with a certificate in sustainable agriculture from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. Her central passions are preserving biodiversity and building a sustainable future.
For this month’s blog I’d like to demonstrate how simple, straight-forward, and fun creating a butterfly garden is. I asked around the horticulturist’s lunch table to find out who among them ranks as a butterfly gardening expert. I’m glad I did, because Senior Horticulturist Shannon Smith is a butterfly gardening pro and plants specifically to support our native pollinators both here at Lewis Ginter […]Read More
Have you ever wondered which plants are butterfly host plants? Since it is officially summer, I recently packed up the car for a camping trip with friends to Crabtree Falls to see if I could learn more. The first thing I noticed when we arrived in the George Washington National Forest area was that there were a spectacular number of butterflies, and all different […]Read More
When you visit Butterflies LIVE!, we understand that you’re here to see the butterflies, to drink in their beauty, and to consider their nature. That’s as it should be. Often times the butterflies will pique your curiosity and questions will bubble to mind. If so, we hope that you will find one of the butterfly curators to ask. You might be asking yourself, […]Read More
I can hardly believe that it is officially butterfly season! It seems like only yesterday when all the butterfly curators, along with Exhibition Manager Kristin Thoroman, and Conservatory Horticulturist Chelsea Mahaffey took a butterfly field trip to the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. Charles Eric Wenzel, the Butterfly Pavilion Lead at the Office of Education […]Read More