Kent Library Athenaeum Series Presents 'Native Pollinator/Butterfly Perennials of Southeast Missouri'

Dr. Sven Svenson, associate professor of agriculture, will explore the native pollinator and butterfly perennials of southeast Missouri at noon on Wednesday, April 26, in Sadie's Place in Kent Library. Maintaining about one-third of the food supply for people requires a thriving population of pollinators, which include butterflies. Natural pollinators and butterflies require a thriving population of native perennials and other native plants to complete their life cycle. Completed and ongoing research studies at Southeast’s Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Garden are helping to identify native perennial plants that are relatively easy to establish and maintain. The selection of plants provides a continuous supply of nectar for pollinators and butterflies during the months when they are active. Enjoy photos of flowers, butterflies and bees, and learn about how these plants are critical to our food supply. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.