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 Chair

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 Metropolis Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, February 13, at the Metropolis Community Center, 900 West 10th Street, Metropolis.  Hostesses are Sharon Lynn and Audrey Williams.  Anne Parmley will be presenting a program on Winter Backyard Birds.  Anyone with an interest in gardening or birding is welcome to attend.

The Massac Nature Study Society will meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at Mermet Lake to caravan around the lake looking for birds.  Please meet at the Bluebird Trail parking area (just before the road that goes around the lake).  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 January 29, 2023.