DADE CITY — Educational programs and displays, a native plant sale, vendors, food and activities for children will be featured on Saturday at the Dade City Monarch Butterfly Festival in Hibiscus Park at 7th Street and Bougainvillea Avenue in Dade City.
The event, presented by the Dade City Garden Club and the Dade City Youth Council, will be from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Created as a celebration of the city’s commitment to becoming a Monarch City USA and in line with the garden club’s concerns about the diminishing numbers of monarch butterflies, the festival will include displays of butterflies and caterpillars with information about the life cycle of the butterfly. Information will also be available on how to grow a butterfly garden and be certified as a Dade City Monarch Butterfly Haven.
Exhibits will include information on why community gardens are a valuable resource and where on Florida’s Nature Coast to see butterflies in their natural habitat. Joining the garden club, the Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and the Pasco County Master Gardeners for the first time this year will be Pasco County Florida Friendly Landscaping, Pasco County Recycling and Pasco County Animal Services.
Shoppers will find a plant sale with a large assortment of milkweed and native plants as well as other perennials, annuals, shrubs and garden art and accessories. The “Growing Friends Plant Sale” presented by garden club members will feature a limited number of cane begonias named “AYA” by the Begonia Society of America. Unique products ranging from handcrafted items to jewelry will also be available.
A Kids’ Zone for children will feature games, arts and crafts and butterfly-themed programs.