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 next Metropolis Garden Club Meeting will be held on Monday, April 10.  This is our annual plant sale.  Please bring plants and other garden-related items you wish to donate to the sale.  Please help with customers.  We will start setting up at 8 a.m.; the sale begins at 9 a.m.

The Massac Nature Study Society will meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at Fort Massac State Park at the west end of Hickory Ridge Trail. From the visitors center, drive east and cross the bridge over Massac Creek.  The parking area is just past the slough.  Alternately, take Belgrade Road from Route 45 south to the end and turn right.  Travel along the gravel road west about a mile and a half to where the bike trail meets the road (you'll pass under I-24).  Parking is on the left.  We will be looking for spring migrant birds, other wildlife, and flowering plants.  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 might not show up 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.  Look for them on Facebook.

North American Butterfly Association

revised March 31, 2023.