Beautiful Butterfly Garden (and Technology, too!)
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Beautiful Butterfly Garden (and Technology, too!)

Have you been to see our Butterfly Garden this season? You can find the Butterfly Garden across from the Birds and Bees Exhibit. It has so much to offer. There are flowers for nectar and host plants galore. A host plant is one that the butterflies lay their eggs on and then the caterpillars consume. A nectar plant contains nectar for the butterfly to enjoy. But what you may not be aware of is the latest technology is at work. 

The Zebra Swallowtail is the Tennessee State Butterfly. You will see a lot of those around the host tree, Paw Paw tree. 

If you have a smart phone, you can download the QR Code that suits the type of smart phone you have. Several are FREE and available at the App Store. On the bottom left corner of the Butterfly Life Cycle you will find a QR Code that lists the local Tennessee butterflies. The Life Cycle of the Butterfly had been beautifully depicted showing the Monarch Butterfly.

Butterfly gardening is so easy to do. You can fill your garden with nectar and host plants. Depending on the type of butterfly you want to lure to your garden. Just scan the code to the left for a complete list of plants that the Horticulture Department used throughout the Butterfly Garden. It is an evolving garden with late season flowers going really strong. If you stand still long enough, you might even see the Hummingbirds who also have been enjoying the flowers.

Celosia sp. is a particular favorite of the Horticulture Manager. This is an annual that can reach seven to 10 feet tall in one season. The long tassels produce a huge amount of seeds that are great to share with gardening friends. Stop by near the end of season to see how this plant is doing.

This is a glimpse of the Butterfly Garden in mid-August. You will find Zinnias, Pentas, Melampodiums, Buddleia, Echinacea, Gaillardia, Cleome, Rudbeckia, Joe Pye Weed, just to name a few. There is something new to see each time you visit the Memphis Zoo. 

Posted by Zoo Info at 2:42 PM