Butterfly Bash

Program of Events

Children's Garden
Children's Garden

Pulse of Pollinators
Jaime Walters
Monarch 101
Destiny Hetz

Activities and Entertainment

The Children’s Garden Express 9:00am-3:00pm
Sensory Garden Exploration 9:00am-3:00pm
Children’s Pollinator Expert Certification 9:00am-3:00pm
Grice Marine Lab Touch Tank 10:00am-2:00pm
Live Music by David Collins 11:00am-3:00pm
Face Painting 11:00am-3:00pm
Costumed Characters 11:00am-3:00pm
Plant Your Own Host Plant 11:00am-12:00pm
Storybook Walk with First Steps – A Very Hungry Caterpillar 12:00pm
Butterfly Stilt Walkers 12:00-2:00pm
Tinkerbell in the Fairy Garden 12:00-2:00pm
Make Your Own Flower Crown Demonstration 1:00-2:00pm
Book Signing at the Gift Shop 2:15-3:00pm

Plant Sale - 9:00am-3:00pm

Market Sale - 9:00am-3:00pm


Book Signing at the Gift Shop

2:15-3:00pm - The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly by Kylee Baumle



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

Jeff Jackson with the Native Plant Society will be leading the guided nature walk. Meet Jeff in the Children's Garden at 9am to begin your journey through the gardens. This walk will highlight the beautiful native flora and fauna of our Lowcountry ecosystem.


Annette Wise - 10:00am - 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.


Rich Dunn

Rich Dunn - 10:00am - Demonstration Tent
The Importance of Honey Bees

Rich has over 20 years of experience in beekeeping and will discuss pollination and the importance of Honeybees. He will be demoing his honeybee equipment, beekeeping tools and will be accompanied by his live honeybee display case!


Jaime Walters - 11:00am - Speaker's Tent
Pulse of Pollinators

Denise Schreiber

Join Jamie in discussing how the bumblebee (Bombus) species feel the pulse of the environment from the decisions we make.

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 the 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 OSU Master Gardeners©.



Maria Kelly - 11:00am - Demonstration Tent
Cooking Demonstation - Using Edible Flowers and Local Ingredients

Maria Kelly

Did you know that you can eat many of the flowers that grow in the Lowcountry throughout the year? In this demo we will explore some of the edible flowers that are currently blooming and taste the similarities and differences to understand how best to add them into our kitchen!

We will also be making a salad dressing with fresh seasonal herbs of this time of year and infusing the dressing with a local honey from Sweetgrass Gardens on John's Island.

There are so many ways to use our local resources to create beautiful, tasty, and healthy dishes. Come join us for conversation and a dive into simple culinary art!

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.


Destiny Hetz

Destiny Hetz - 1:30pm - Demonstration Tent
Monarch 101

Everything you need to know or want to know about feeding, caring and providing for monarchs. Destiny opened Songbird Nursery, an all-natural approach plant nursery on November 6, 2017 in Georgetown, SC. She focuses on growing for nature's sanctuaries, spreading awareness about pesticide use, trying to keep monarchs off of the endangered species list, and saving our beloved pollinators. She has raised over 150 monarchs in the past year at her nursery. She is also a registered monarch weigh station.



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.