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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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Propagating Plants for a Terrarium

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Propagating Plants for a Terrarium
Kemper Center for Home Gardening is continuing the FREE Wednesday Morning Demonstrations for 2016. The format has changed a little this year. We are focusing on the Visual Guides on the Missouri Botanical Garden website. For May we are focusing on Propagating Plants by Cuttings. On May 25th you will see step-by-step how to take cuttings for propagation to start new plants and put together a terrarium. For the Wednesday Morning Demonstration, drop in anytime between 10 am and noon. We will post...
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