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A Chance Encounter

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A Chance Encounter
After many decades of gardening I had the pleasure of experiencing something new this spring.  While raking mountains of leaves out of my perennial beds, an odd shaped object caught my eye (upper right image).  As I picked up the smooth, light brown, oval form I soon realized I was holding a large cocoon.  This one was intriguing since it was so much bigger than others I had seen in the past.  I could hear the pupa inside rattle like a maraca and had no idea if it could be al...
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The Magic of the Monarch Butterfly

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The Magic of the Monarch Butterfly
Monarch butterflies go through four stages during one life cycle, and through four generations in one year. The four stages of the monarch butterfly are the egg, the larva (caterpillar), the pupa (chrysalis), and the adult butterfly.  The four generations are four different butterflies going through these four stages during one year until it’s time to start over again with stage one and generation one. February and March: The final generation of hibernating monarch butterflies wakes ...
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Kemper Arts & Crafts for September

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Kemper Arts & Crafts for September
Here is the next group of art and craft demonstrations at the Kemper Center for Home Gardening for September. They are offered every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon for visitors (FREE admission Wednesday). Staff and volunteers are sharing their artistic talents. They will demonstrate their art/craft, answer questions and provide instructional handouts for visitors to try at home. Drop by anytime to watch our artists at work and get inspiration for yourself or for gifts. Check us out on our Facebo...
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