American Public Garden Association Conference 2017
Hamilton & Niagara, Ontario
June 19-23, 2017
Monarch Butterflies: Communicating the Intersection of Plant and Insect Conservation
Event Type: 
Education and Communication
Date / Time: 
Thu June, 22 - 8:15am to 9:45am
Albion C
F. Lavoipierre, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, California; K. Davidson Taylor, Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; J. C. Daniels, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, Florida; J. Cruse-Sanders, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, Georgia; A. Fleener, Myriad Gardens Foundation, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Public gardens occupy a key position in supporting nationwide efforts to increase monarch butterfly populations. However, numerous questions remain to be resolved in regards to how we can best support conservation of both monarch butterflies and the plants on which they rely. Public gardens can play a critical role by increasing our growing network of collaborations, conducting essential research on native plants, and widely disseminating accurate information to engage the public in conservation efforts. Presenters will share knowledge on monarch and milkweed conservation including issues surrounding local provenance, best methods for propagation and distribution of seeds, timing plant resources with monarch migration, and best practices in sharing scientifically accurate education and interpretation.

This session has been approved for 1.5 LACES credit hours.