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Tagged Monarch Butterflies Released
Zilker Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the release of sixteen tagged Monarch Butterflies. These caterpillars were hatched along our Butterfly trail and raised in the greenhouse, emerging from their cocoons 8-10 days after pupating. Since 2012, ZBG has been a registered Monarch Waystation through Monarch Watch, a University of Kansas educational outreach program in which 100,000 citizen scientists tag monarchs each fall to track migration patterns.
The Monarch population in Mexico last winter was the lowest ever recorded. The butterfly has been added to the World Wildlife Fund’s Top 10 Most Threatened Species List. Weather extremes, increased use of herbicides and GMO crops, and loss of habitat have contributed to the decline in population. ZBG is pleased to be part of creating habitat, providing food, and helping to monitor this magnificent butterfly which might travel as much as 3000 miles to reach its winter home in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico.
View YNN’s Out in the Garden segments on butterfly gardening at Zilker Botanical Garden.
June 1 – August 31, 2013
American Garden Award
The American Garden Award is a unique opportunity for the gardening public to vote on a specific flower or plant that they think has the most appealing garden characteristics. Some of the world's most prominent breeders have chosen their best varieties to enter into this competition. In cooperation with All-America Selections, Zilker Botanical Garden will display four different flower entries so garden visitors can view the plants in person and vote on their favorite. For those consumers and home gardeners who are unable to view these plants in person, a link on the American Garden Award website www.americangardenaward.org allows online voting. When visiting us, you can find the American Garden Award entries on display at Zilker Botanical Garden. Read the press release.
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Zilker Botanical Garden is PARD's park of the month for February! Details here-