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Beauty in Flight: A Virtual Tour of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Butterfly House

Mon, August 10 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

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With native plants and nectar aplenty, the Butterfly House at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (CMBG) is a magical world of color, fragrance, and motion.

If you are unable to make a trip to Boothbay, Maine for an in-person visit this summer, join us for a delightful video tour of our butterfly house and gardens. On our virtual tour, you will learn about the specific native butterflies and moths attracted to specific natives species and to natives cultivars.

This video tour will help you to understand the cultural settings and the real life activity of the pollinators attracted to the plants. You will also learn about butterfly life cycles and the importance of host plants for butterfly caterpillars.

At the end of the recorded tour, horticulturist and butterfly expert Andy Brand will be on hand for a live Q & A to address your questions about gardening for butterflies.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is open for tours with new safety protocols in place this year including limited numbers of visitors and advance ticketing. Review the guidelines and book your tickets at


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Andy Brand is the Plant Curator at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Prior to joining the staff in 2018, he was the nursery manager at Broken Arrow Nursery for over 20 years, where he and his colleagues specialized in growing rare and unusual plants. Andy is an avid naturalist and has focused on the interaction of the insects and native plants of New England. He is a co-founder and past President of the Connecticut Butterfly Association and is also past President of the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association. He speaks to groups throughout the Northeast on a range of topics including native plants, new and unusual ornamental plants, butterfly gardening, and butterflies of Connecticut and their life histories.

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Mon, August 10
12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT
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