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 field trip to the Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center will be on Friday, September 24, at 10 a.m. Meet at the Community Center at 9:30 a.m. to carpool. We will have a short business meeting there. We will bring our lunch and use the picnic tables behind the Wetlands Center.

The Metropolis Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. on October 11 at the Metropolis Community Center with Audrey Williams and Joyce Taylor as hostesses. The program will be Prescribed Burning with John Schwegman. Anyone with an interest in gardening or the program is welcome to attend.

The Massac Nature Study Society will meet on Saturday, October 2, at 9:30 a.m. for a nature walk. Please meet at the Bluebird Trail parking area, just before the lake.

It is hoped that John Schwegman's program on Wild Orchids of Illinois can be rescheduled from our cancelled August meeting to sometime this winter. John has photographed most of the 57 orchids known to have grown in the wild in Illinois and will give details of their biology and habitat as well as their population status in the state. 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 August 3, 2021.