13 Jun '18, 6pm

This master gardener is luring monarchs to Las Vegas

This master gardener is luring monarchs to Las Vegas

Anne Marie Lardeau's 5-year quest is paying off with the first ever recorded spring sighting of Western monarch butterflies laying eggs in the Nevada city. Las Vegas, Nevada – better known for it Elvis impersonators than its flora and fauna, perhaps. But if master gardener Anne Marie Lardeau has any say, migrating monarch butterflies will begin to know the city for its burgeoning milkweed population. Lardeau, a Master Gardener volunteer with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension began her study of milkweed and butterflies five years ago when Cooperative faculty and staff discovered a rush milkweed plant that had been planted as a native example in a test garden at the learning center. Back then, researchers did not believe there were monarchs in the area. But Lardeau and others on the staff recognized the importance of the plant in terms of attracting the butterflies;...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/master-gardener-lu...

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