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Gale Family Garden



What type of BUTTERFLIES are you trying to attract?

We attract many! Our Tulip Poplars host Tiger Swallowtails. Our fennel, parsley and Golden Alexander host Eastern Black Swallowtail. Our 4 types of milkweed support Monarchs. Our passionflower vines host Gulf Fritillary and Variegated Fritillary. Our Senna supports Cloudless Sulphur. And moths are very important pollinators too! Our natural landscape attracts and allows many moth species to complete their life cycle here on our mature Pin Oak, Hickory and Black Gum and cherry trees.

What NECTAR and HOST plants are in your garden?

Oops. I already listed host plants in previous question. Will here again. Milkweed, Golden Alexander, Fennel, Parsley, Senna, Purple passionflower are some hosts. For nectaring we have buddleia, mountain mint, lantana, lambs ear, blue mist, swamp sunflower, dahlia, Mexican petunia, Mexican sage, and cat mint. We have plans to add several new nectar plants in the spring.

Rosalynn Smith Carter 1927-2023

The Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail Board of Directors is saddened to share the news of the passing of Rosalynn Carter. She touched millions of people through her work with The Carter Center and the Rosalynn Carter Institute. Her love for nature was the inspiration behind the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail.

The Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail was created February 2013. It began as one garden at President and Mrs. Carter’s home in Plains, Georgia. She had read an article in a local magazine about the decline in Monarch butterflies. As a child she remembered playing outside with butterflies fluttering around her mother’s flowerbeds and native tuberosa milkweed growing behind their home. These fond memories led to a phone call to Annette Wise. After sharing the article and expressing her desire to have a pollinator garden, Annette was asked to help her. The location for the pollinator garden was selected and work began.