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Monarch Butterfly Milkweed Magnet

IMG_0001We use the skills that we gain from attending lectures at the Disney Flower and Garden Festival.  We had learned that the Monarch butterfly is an endangered species and we can help them by planting milk weed bushes.  Last year we planted one milkweed bush that we received from the show in our backyard.  This year we bought six plants from our local home improvement center and began planting them in our front yard.  Before we finished planting all six, a Monarch was flitting around and watching our gardening skills.  I ran into my house and grabbed my iPhone to capture the picture above.

Free Garden Fun

IMG_2343Find this whimsical garden decoration just north of the Orlando airport in the explorations gardens behind the University of Florida Orange County Extension service office on Conway Road.  The parking is free.

Take a free self guided and very educational tour of the shade, formal, pollinator, trial, bog, flowering tree, fruit tree, succulent, tropical, and small vegetable gardens.  The best time to visit is during the week and on a sunny day.  Plan to spend about an hour.  It’s a nice place to visit when you are looking for inexpensive but worthwhile activities while you are waiting to check into your hotel.   When you need to enjoy some air conditioning a bit of shopping and a light meal, it is a short drive to the Florida Mall, the mall at Millenia, or Disney Springs (formally Downtown Disney.)