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A Gathering of Friends Event, February 28, 2016

Gardening for Butterflies

Lucinda Mays
Chadron State College
Chadron, Nebraska

Sunday, February 28th
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Nebraska Union, Auditorium
14th & R Streets

  • Free Admission
  • Reception follows lecture
  • Parking available along R Street and in the Q Place Garage (11th and Q Street)
Lucinda Mays

Learn how your garden can create more hospitable habitat for butterflies at a free lecture Feb. 28 sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Garden Friends.

Lucinda Mays, horticulturist for Chadron State College, will speak at 2 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Nebraska Union Auditorium, 1400 R St., on the UNL Campus. The lecture, “Gardening for Butterflies,” is free and open to the public. Mays will offer a practical look at   improving habitat for meeting the needs of these important pollinators in all stages of the butterfly life cycle.

Butterflies are important and endangered pollinators in the wild and home landscapes. Predators like birds and other animals, herbicides and pesticides, weather and habitat loss all threaten beautiful and useful butterflies. Home gardeners can provide safe islands for butterflies through plant choices and horticultural practices.

Mays has worked in public horticulture for more than 30 years. She was assistant director of Kalmia Gardens in South Carolina; horticulture curator at Callaway Gardens in Georgia, and for 10 years hosted segments of the popular PBS television program,  "The Victory Garden." She has worked with Iowa Public Television to create, “Iowa’s Favorite Gardens.” For several years, Mays has reviewed books for the American Horticulture Society, written gardening articles for Southern Living magazine, and contributed garden columns to the Chadron Record newspaper.

Mays grew up in Buffalo County, Nebraska, and returned to her home state for work and family in 1998.

She is proud that Chadron State College arboretum received the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s Affiliate Site Award, presented to recognize public gardens that “demonstrate excellence in collection development, maintenance practice and community engagement.”

In case of inclement weather, the lecture will occur April 3 in the same location. Check for Information.

Mays’ lecture is presented by UNL Garden Friends. Founded in 1992, UNL Garden Friends supports and encourages the goals and projects of UNL’s Botanical Gardens and Arboretum.

 The Garden

UNL Botanical Garden and Arboretum is an affiliate site of the
Nebraska Statewide Arboretum