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, 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 on May 10th at 9:30 a.m. at the Parmley farm. Please bring a camp chair if available. (I do have a few extra.) We will meet outside; in case of rain, we will meet under the carport. The program will be a talk by Mike Baltz on Backyards as Wildlife Habitats. There will also be a plant exchange between members.

The Massac Nature Study Society will meet for a nature walk on Saturday, May 15. More details to come!

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 May 5, 2021.