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

Butterfly Enthusiast


The next Metropolis Garden Club meeting will be Monday, August 9, at 9:30 a.m. at the Metropolis Community Center, 900 West 10th Street, Metropolis, with Shirley Dishinger and Edna Devore as hostesses. The program will be Pollinator Gardens by Master Naturalist/Club President Anne Parmley. Anyone with an interest in gardening is welcome to attend.

The Massac Nature Study Society will meet at the Metropolis Public Library lower level on Saturday, August 21, at 12:30 p.m. Retired State Botanist John Schwegman will give a program on Wild Orchids of Illinois. 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. Anyone with an interest in nature is welcome to attend.

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 July 27, 2021.