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It is not really news that Monarch butterflies are in trouble. Their numbers have been dropping steadily for the last twenty or more years. Last week, (August 2022) the International Union for the Conservation of Nature put the Monarch on their red list of species that are endangered. This holds no legal protections or incentives to help the Monarch, but it shows that scientists are justifiably worried.
"The most common way gardeners attempt to connect with insects is by planting for butterflies. It is a noble idea... Sadly, the execution of this enterprise is so often directed by misinformation that we end up having fewer butterflies than we started with."
-Doug Tallamy, Bringing Nature Home
It doesn’t feel like summer at the Arboretum without music wafting through the gardens with visitors gathered on the lawn and fireflies glinting through the rose garden. So, after a very long year without music, art, and many of our programs, we are more than excited to launch our summer season of the arts with Sounds of a Summer Night!
Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets to Reeves-Reed Arboretum and celebrate the return of our summer concert series. All performa...