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Building a Better Monarch Butterfly Garden
This talk will help attendees to better understand why Monarch butterflies are in peril, why their conservation matters, and how partnership between the Horticulture Industry and gardening public can help to restore this beloved native butterfly to sustainable status. It covers the fascinating natural history of the monarch, including its spectacular long-distance migrations and special relationship with milkweed, as well as best milkweed species for attracting and sustaining monarchs and native bees in gardens. Recent research showing that garden design and placement matters, and that cultivars of native milkweeds (“nativars”) have conservation value for gardens, will be discussed, as well as how to prevent a garden from becoming an “ecological trap” for monarchs due to predation by invasive wasps or planting the wrong type of milkweed. Consumer demand for milkweed seedlings and nectar plants is burgeoning. Information from this webinar will help garden center personnel, Master Gardeners, and others to better advise customers and other stakeholders about butterfly gardening.

Aug 23, 2022 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Dan Potter
Professor; Urban Landscape Entomology; Insect-Plant Relationships @University of Kentucky
Dr. Daniel Potter is Professor of Entomology at the University of Kentucky, where for 43 years his research has informed strategies for sustainable management of pests and beneficial insects in urban landscapes. Dan is an award-winning teacher and a frequent invited speaker at scientific and Green Industry conferences throughout the world. A University of Kentucky Distinguished Research Professor and elected Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, he has received national leadership awards from the Professional Land Care Network, American Nursery and Landscape Association, U.S. Golf Association, and other scientific and industry organizations.