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Ocean City to Host Free Program on Creating Butterfly Gardens

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Butterfly gardens, such as this one planted in June 2022 at Ocean City's Bayside Center, create beauty in the community.

Butterfly gardens are a beautiful and vibrant addition to your outdoor space that contribute to the conservation of these delicate creatures as well as other pollinating species such as bees and other insects.

The Ocean City Environmental Commission invites you to attend a 90-minute program on how – by using an environmentally friendly holistic approach called the “Web of Life” – you can create and maintain your very own “Butterfly Garden of Eden.”

The free program will be 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall in the Ocean City Free Public Library at 1735 Simpson Ave.

The approach takes into account the entire scope of what it takes to make a butterfly garden. Speakers will share how they used the “Web of Life” approach to plant and maintain their very own butterfly garden that supports the entire biome of butterflies.

This approach recognizes that, in addition to planting beautiful flowering varieties native to the Jersey Shore that attract butterflies for nectar, you also need to support the development of healthy caterpillars from which those butterflies emerge. The approach also emphasizes the need to protect those caterpillars and butterflies by avoiding the use of pesticides.

Speakers Bob and Carol Marceluk will guide you through aspects you might consider, including recommending resources to help you decide what to plant and how to care for those plants.

You may also join the program via Zoom and register in advance to receive login links: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gH-01ll9QDe_GTJTPI_41g.