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

Friends of the Cache River Watershed Board Member

Illinois Butterfly Monitor at the Cache River Egret Slough

Shawnee Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society Member


The next Metropolis Garden Club Meeting will be held on Monday, October 10, 9:30 a.m. Hosting will be Audrey Williams and Anne Parmley. Program will be Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins! with Audrey and Anne.

On Saturday, October 15, from 9 a.m. until noon, the Massac Nature Study Society will participate in the annual Cache River Fall Migration Mini Sit. We will meet in the same location as last year: Cache River Lower Access, off Perks Road. Please register for this event:,lunch%20to%20enjoy%20the%20event. Click on the red "Register by October 11" link. There will be a "bring your own lunch" picnic at the Wetlands Center following the Mini Sit to discuss observations. Registration is required by October 11. Anyone with an interest in nature is welcome to join us.

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 September 19, 2022.