Limited on garden space but love butterflies? Melinda Carmichael, Associate Director of the Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, will be giving a workshop on Wednesday, May 30, at 7 p.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium on how to attract butterflies even in small spaces. Learn about the different plant varieties that butterflies are attracted to and need to survive. Observe a demonstration on how to design and create a simple, beautiful container garden for you and your winged friends to enjoy. Proper care and maintenance of your container garden will also be discussed.
Melinda, and her husband Paul, owned and operated Lily of the Valley Herb Farm for 31 years where she managed multiple areas of the business. She has written an educational booklet, The Backyard Green Guardian, and co-authored a booklet, Native Plants of Ohio, along with Professor Chuck McClaugherty of the University of Mount Union and her husband. The Carmichaels have a passion for educating others about plants, gardening and the health of the environment. This passion became the driving force in founding the non-profit in 1999 to develop Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve. Here they can connect people with plants while educating and inspiring people of all ages, especially our youth, about horticulture and the environment. Within the community, Melinda serves on the Alliance Tourism Committee, and is founder and co-chair of the Greater Alliance Community Garden Association.
This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Main Library at 330-821-2665, ext. 107.