DC -- Smithsonian Gardens: Polinator Garden (Butterfly Habitat Garden) @ Natural History Museum:
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Description of Subject Matter: Butterfly Habitat Garden
Emphasizes natural plant/butterfly partnerships
A significant objective in the Butterfly Habitat Garden is to emphasize natural plant/butterfly partnerships. Plant labels provide a plant's botanical name, common name, region of origin and indicates the specific life cycle it supports. ( nectar plants support the adult butterfly and host plants support an immature stage: egg, larva, pupa). This garden also demonstrates a variety of plant species that can be used to attract butterflies to any garden.
With tours available on a regular basis, a visitor can view the actual butterfly life cycle and gain insight into the miraculous metamorphosis of the butterfly species. It is an experience that will allow the visitor to learn to recognize and thus appreciate the butterfly in all its growth stages. Bring a camera and a quick eye. It will prove a most inspiring and rewarding experience!
About the Garden
The Smithsonian Butterfly Habitat Garden is 11,000 square foot area that supports plant species having specific relationships to life cycles of eastern United States butterflies. It is located on the East side of the National Museum of Natural History at 9th Street between Constitution Avenue and the National Mall in Washington, DC.
The original Butterfly Garden was built in 1995 with funds from the Smithsonian Women's Committee, a group dedicated to supporting education, outreach, conservation, and research projects within the Smithsonian through its fund-raising activities. The garden's success encouraged the Smithsonian Gardens to work toward tripling its size.
In 2000, the Garden Club of America designated the Butterfly Habitat Garden one of its Founder's Fund Projects and gave the Smithsonian a gift to expand the garden. This gift was in keeping with one of the GCA's goals, of restoring, improving, and protecting the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.Th ...More...
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2019 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
(May/June) a two-day jaunt to New York City for my 62nd birthday.
That's it so far!