Pollinators Receive a Gold Award!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015


Halsey collecting flowers for her herbarium.

Aesclepias, Agastache, Coreopsis and Echinacea. If someone said any of those words to me a year ago I probably would have said “bless you”. The previous stated words are each a different genus of flower I identified in the butterfly garden here at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum. It’s not common for a 17 year old to know the scientific names of flowers, but thanks to my experience here I can now categorize 29 different types of plants by their family, genus and species. Each flower is either food for the caterpillar (host) or food for the adult butterfly (nectar). While compiling an herbarium (a book of pressed flowers identified by scientific and common names) for the KBGA Butterfly Garden, I learned all about these specific plants and the butterflies they attract. Come to the gardens this spring, enjoy the myriad of flowers, and check out my herbarium to help you learn more about the flowers in the Butterfly Garden!

Halsey Howard April 2015


Halsey Howard is a senior at Webb School of Knoxville. She decided to complete her Girl Scout Gold Award project in the Butterfly Garden at KBGA. She will be attending the University of Tennessee this fall and plans to study sports therapy.

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