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Perilous Journey, Monarch Migration Through Texas
— Edible Austin, March/April 2014
... Matt Morris is all too aware of the monarch’s plight as well. Morris manages Zilker Botanical Garden’s Butterfly Trail, which includes roughly 45 gardens that cover about three acres. The winding trails and gardens may appear purely decorative, but there is intent behind every purple passionflower, pipevine, blue porterweed and, of course, the multitude of milkweed—all favorable to help create the next generation of caterpillars.
In 2012, Morris established the garden as a certified Monarch Waystation—a concept created by Monarch Watch, a national outreach and awareness program—which supplies migrating butterflies and caterpillars with the milkweed, flowering plants, shelter and water they need for survival, and educates visitors about how they can help. “These waystations provide the necessities for monarchs to complete their incredible migration,” Morris says. “With habitat loss, pesticide use and weather extremes, these backyard oases are becoming more important not only for monarchs but for other butterflies as well.”
At Zilker, Morris is also part of Monarch Watch’s tagging program, which involves adhering tiny tags with numbered information to a monarch’s wing. Anyone who finds a dead tagged monarch can call the phone number on the tag and provide information about the butterfly’s location. Tracking a monarch’s movement may hold clues about the forces affecting their behavior patterns...
Read the full article at http://www.edibleaustin.com/index.php/homeandgarden-2/gardening/1468-perilous-journey
YNN Out in the Garden Segments
Time-Warner Cable's 24-Hour news channel, YNN (Your News Now), features Out in the Garden segments each Saturday. Donna Friedenreich, President of the Austin Area Garden Council, has been hosting these segments since July 2010.
If you are a TW Cable subscriber, you can watch the segments on Saturday (Channel 8 or 1508); they run 6 times, starting at 8:25 a.m. and every 3 hours through 11:25 p.m. Or, you can watch the segments on TW-On Demand (Channel 1408), link to "Living" and then to "Out in the Garden". You can also watch the segments at www.ynn.com, link to "Living" and then to "Out in the Garden".
During 2011, Donna has hosted a variety of segments that focus on…
- waterwise gardening
- understanding aquifers (Austin Underground & Edwards Aquifer)
- creating drought-resistant gardens
- roses (planting, pruning, site and soil selection)
- native and adapted plants & landscape templates (Grow Green Program)
- mosaic garden art
- fall vegetable gardening
- Austin Pond Society Tour & Travis County Master Gardeners' Tour
- Planting Succulent Containers
Travis County Master Gardeners
The Travis County Master Gardeners provide educational workshops and informative publications.
Central Texas Gardener
KLRU's weekly show, Central Texas Gardener, showcases exquisite Central Texas gardens, and hosts local gardening experts. Check out the Central Texas Gardener blog for more gardening info.