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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:52 pm 
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I don't know how many of you venture to the State Fair every year, but if you ever find yourself in Fair Park (whether the Fair itself is going or not) you must visit the Texas Discovery Gardens.

This is the 2nd year I have volunteered for the Gardens during the fair. The job I always volunteer for is the Bee and Butterfly garden area. My job is to show all those that enter where the various butterflies, caterpillars and chrysalis are (and their species) as well as talk about the different host and nectar and native plants that are in the garden. In the 4-hour shift, there must have been 150+ people stream through the small butterfly garden. Yes, that particular garden is small but it is so packed with life you wouldn't believe it. I hope you will take a moment to look at some of the creatures I captured (images only!) and I hope you visit the gardens yourself. Also please consider volunteering your time next year.

You won't regret it!

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http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=v3w ... leid=en_US

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Thank you for the wonderful shots! The Texas Discovery Gardens is a very special place. Hopefully we can help them expand their great organic work to the rest of the fair grounds and then the rest of the Dallas Park Department.


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What terrific shots! The pipevine swallowtail and sulpher caterpillar shots are especially awesome! I think I saw the same sulpher in the gardens going into chrysalis.

This is my second year volunteering, too. It is a great educational experience and the people you meet there are wonderful. We here in North Texas are blessed to have such a wonderful place nearby. I always make it a point to tell people that the grounds at Texas Discovery Gardens are kept 100% organic. Yes, it does work on a large scale!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:32 am 
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This is a wonderful presentation by Randy Johnson, Director of Horticulture at Texas Discovery Gardens. It answers many questions about the life cycle of butterflies and explains the essential roles certain plants play and how they are vital to specific butterfly species.

www.24-7agtv.com

Click on the "Skies of Butterflies" link.

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