Chautauqua Bird, Tree and Garden CLub welcomes fall

Butterflies & Blooms for 2017

In 2017, BTG will open an exciting new chapter in its long history of helping to beautify Chautauqua.  Butterflies and Blooms is an initiative focused on helping Chautauquans create eco-friendly habitats in their gardens here and at their off-season homes.  Butterflies and Blooms will replace the Chautauqua in Bloom garden recognition program. Butterflies and Blooms will focus on homeowners' use of native plantings, the elimination of pesticides and herbicides, and the utilization of organic fertilizers and a focus on monarch related nectar plants within more easily sustained habitats.  

Milkweed - an important foundation plant in any monarch habitat

Milkweed - an important foundation plant in any monarch habitat

Homeowners who wish to participate in Butterflies and Blooms can consult with BTG's master gardeners, and upon completion of their garden habitats, will receive recognition for their contribution to the health of the local ecosystem.  Participants will be encouraged to certify their gardens with MonarchWatch.com, a national organization devoted to reversing the extreme decline observed within the Monarch butterfly population.