Butterfly Bash

Program of Events

Children's Garden
Children's Garden
Guided Nature Walk - Native Plant Society
Jeff Jackson

Bumble Bees
Jaime Walters
Plant Your Own Host Plant
Make Your Own Flower Crown

Other Activities:
Storybook Walk with First Steps – A Very Hungry Caterpillar
Butterfly Stilt Walkers
Tinkerbell in the Fairy Garden
Costumed Characters
Children’s Train
Sensory Garden Exploration
Face Painting
Tagged Butterfly Release


Jeff Jackson - 9:00am - Meet at the Speaker's Tent
Guided Nature Walk


Jaime Walters - 10:00am - Speaker's Tent
Bumble Bees

Denise Schreiber

Bio: Jamie Walters, current owner and operator of Kaydees Bees & Honey has been a longtime advocate, specialist, and Master Gardner of Ohio State University Defiance County. He has also held an office position of president over the past 7 years and is currently serving as vice president. Not only is Jamie a Ohio certified Volunteer Naturalist in Defiance county, but Hancock County as well. Along with his other accreditations, he is a part of the Northwest Ohio, and Black Swamp Beekeepers Association, where he again held office positions. If Jamie's notable resume and his volunteer work within the community is not impressive enough, he is also the creator and editor nine newsletters including OSBA Hive and OSBA Mater Gardeners.



Annette Wise - 11:00am - Speaker's Tent
The Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail

Annette Wise

Annette Wise, co-founder of the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail, will share the history of the trail which begins in Plains, Georgia at President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter's garden. The presentation will include information about the decline in the Monarch population as well as what individuals can do to help all pollinators by establishing a container garden or in-ground garden at their home, school or in a public location.

We will talk about establishing a butterfly garden, citizen science programs, tagging Monarch butterflies, their health issues, and continuing habitat loss for pollinators. A video and slide presentation will take you on a journey to The Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail in Plains, Georgia through pictures of butterfly gardens at the Carters and around Plains.

Through the inspiration of co-founder First Lady Rosalynn Carter, you will learn how one garden has grown to include over 800 gardens scattered across the United States, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Bio: Annette Wise lives in Plains, Georgia and has been a family friend of President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter since 1973. As a college student during the summer of 1975, she worked for Carter's Warehouse in Plains, Georgia. After graduating from the University of Georgia, she married Lonnie Wise of Plains. Lonnie and Annette have lived in various locations across the state of Georgia as he pursued a career with Georgia Power and she began a teaching career. In 1995, when they returned to Plains, Annette accepted a job to develop the Jimmy Carter Education Program through the Georgia Department of Education.


Maria Kelly - 11:00am - Demonstration Tent
Cooking Demonstation - Honey and Wildflowers

Maria Kelly

Bio: Maria Kelly is Founder and Executive Director of AMOR Healing Kitchen, a lowcountry non-profit organization that brings teens into a kitchen to prepare meals for people facing serious health challenges, such as cancer. Taking a farm-to-table approach to healing and providing support to the community, the organization has seen the benefits of utilizing organic and local produce in their meals.

Before starting AMOR in February 2018, Maria was a high school teacher in Charleston County for 15 years and knows that the youth have so much to offer in shaping the future of our community. We have to include our youth and develop in them a sense of leadership, ownership and being connected (while being unplugged). When she learned about an organization in California that works with teens and serves people with health challenges, she had a deep feeling of connection and that something similar could work in Charleston. She believes that as a society getting back to connecting with each other and the earth, our food will help cure us of so many of our chronic diseases.


Kylee Baumle - 1:00pm - Speaker's Tent
The Monarch: Survival of a Species

Kylee Baumle

Learn details about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, the challenges it faces, and how each of us can help this iconic insect and pollinator as it struggles to not just survive, but thrive. The life and plight of monarchs has been Kylee's personal interest and area of study for more than 12 years. She leads an annual tour to the monarch overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico. Kylee is an award-winning horticulture author who has authored two books, has a weekly newspaper garden column, and writes feature articles for garden and horticultural trade magazines. Her 2017 book The Monarch: Saving our Most-Loved Butterfly is now in its 3rd printing.

Bio: What began in 2007 with her blog, Our Little Acre, led to other writing opportunities which have included feature articles in Horticulture, The American Gardener, Indiana Gardener, and State-by-State magazines, which includes Ohio Gardener. Her writing and photography have also appeared in Fine Gardening, Green Profit, Garden Center magazines, and trade catalogs, as well as several books. In 2018, she was awarded the 2018 Gold Award by the Garden Writers Association for Magazine Writing.

She is the co-author of Indoor Plant Decor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants, published in 2013 by St. Lynn's Press. It was an Amazon Top 20 Book in its category that year. Kylee's second book, The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly, was released in 2017 and is now in its 3rd printing.

The life and plight of the monarch has been Kylee’s personal interest and area of study for more than 12 years, but she shares that interest with many others. She believes that each and every one of us can make a difference when we work together and do what we are able. She wants her grandchildren to not only be able to tell the wondrous story of the monarch to their own children and grandchildren, but to be able to show it to them firsthand.


Cheri Ward - 1:00pm - Demonstration Tent
Beekeeping and the World According to Bees

Cheri Ward

Bio: Planting flowers is one of Cheri Ward's earliest memories, and trying to understand plants, their domestication, and plant communities made beekeeping a natural interest. Blue Pearl Farms, owned by Cheri and her husband, manages about 80 colonies of honey bees which pollinate heritage varieties of classic Southeastern blueberries for them.



Kathy Crye - 2:00pm - Speaker's Tent
Gardening for Butterflies

Cathy Crye

Butterflies and other pollinators are not only beautiful, but critical to our food system. Insect populations are declining, and they need our help. Butterfly Gardening is a fun and easy way to provide for these important creatures. Learn how to plant a garden that will attract Butterflies to your yard and help them thrive.

Bio: Kathy Crye has a degree in Horticulture from Middle Tennessee State University, and decades of gardening experience in Georgia. With a strong interest in Native Plant Gardening and Conservation, Kathy has worked for years at Callaway Gardens, helping to develop Native Plant Habitats on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Trail, and serving as Curator for their world renowned Azalea Gardens. As Manager of the outdoor Butterfly Garden at the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, she helped develop the Pollinator Garden and led educational programs promoting the importance of conservation gardening. Recently retired, Kathy and her husband Hank reside in Pine Mountain Valley, Georgia.