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Molly the Monarch Butterfly at Hearthstone Gardens

Professor Akey holding a hand puppet of a

Monarch Butterfly

as she explains the life cycle of the butterfly to

a group of youngsters. -Photo Submitted by Lucille Heinrich

By Lucille Heinrich

Wellborn–Hearthstone Gardens welcomed Florida Gateway College Professor of Botany Maureen Akey as she presented a children’s program about the lifespan of the monarch butterfly. Professor Akey explained the life stages of the monarch to a group of young children using a variety of hand puppets along with live butterflies including some in the pupa and caterpillar stages.

Following the presentation, the children and their parents visited the butterfly garden which was filled with a variety of flowering plants that attract butterflies.

Hearthstone Gardens is located at 3300 134th Place in Wellborn, Florida. Their phone number is (386) 438-3102.