Growing up on a farm in Michigan, I have been interested in outdoor activities all my life. Gardening, birding, watching butterflies, and hiking are some of my hobbies. I am available to present programs on native plants, birds, or butterflies and to lead nature hikes.

Anne Parmley,

Metropolis Garden Club President

Garden Clubs of Illinois, State and District VII, Bees, Birds, & Butterflies Chairman

Master Naturalist

Founding Member of the Massac Nature Study Society

Shawnee Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society Member

Friends of the Cache River Watershed Board Member

Illinois Butterfly Monitor at the Cache River Egret Slough


The Metropolis Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, February 14, at the Metropolis Community Center. Hosts are Sharon Lynn and Audrey Williams. The program will be a craft by Shirley Dishinger. She will teach us how to decoupage vases. Each member will have a vase to take home. Social distancing and masks are required. Please wear your masks unless you are seated and eating.

The Massac Nature Study Society meetings are suspended during the winter months due to COVID-19. Massac Nature Study Society meetings are open to anyone with an interest in nature.

Some of my favorite links:

Butterfly Links

Metropolis Garden Club

District VII, Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc.

Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc. Be sure to look at all the information about pollinators. Just click on Special Projects, then Planting for Pollinators.

National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Shawnee Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society

Illinois Audubon Society

Southern Illinois Wildflower Map This will open in a browser but may not in the maps app.

A local source for native plants is Southernwood Gardens, phone: 618 833 2769 or 697 3798, located at 4650 Rhine Rd, Alto Pass, IL.

North American Butterfly Association

revised January 11, 2022.