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Attracting Butterflies and Bees to Your Backyard

Butterflies are pollinators and play an incredibly vital role in the food industry; however, their populations are declining. We need to learn how to sustain their populations. Let’s start with recognizing their needs, and identifying what plants attract them.

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Butterflies and bees are essential for plant pollination and play a vital role in the food industry. In order to sustain their populations, we need to help provide them a safe environment. Identifying their needs helps us determine what we can do in our backyards; incorporating annuals and perennials, and native plants in our yards invites them to dinner, and to stay a little while. Native plants are low-maintenance, and many are drought tolerant. Annuals provide color for a longer period of time and perennials are there every year for them to visit. The habitat you create will also invite many bird species, what a bonus!

Availability: Most evenings, weekends (excluding mid-March thru June.) Prefer to travel maximum of 30 minutes one-way from my home in Lee's Summit.

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Lu Tarr

Lu Tarr became a Master Gardener in 2010. Her volunteer efforts have included Kansas City’s Flower, Lawn & Garden Show, Garden ‘n Grow, Hotline, Community Gardens, and her personal favorite, Speakers Bureau.

Lu is a lifelong gardening enthusiast; it’s in her blood, as she was raised on a Northern Iowa farm. She loves being outside as much as possible, whether it’s tending to the garden or just enjoying the sunshine with her cat. During the spring, you can find her working at a local garden center, and in the past, working at an apple orchard in the fall. Monday through Friday, she enjoys being “daycare” for her grandson.

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University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener Program