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 official Metropolis Garden Club Meeting will be held on Monday, September 12, 9:30 a.m. Hosting will be Vicki Gillespie and Martha Schwegman. Program will be on Daffodils with Beth Moller.

We will also meet for field trips throughout the summer months. The next field trip will be to Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge on Friday, August 19. Please contact me at for details.

Note: We will meet the second Saturday this month, not our usual third Saturday. The next meeting of the Massac Nature Study Society will be on Saturday, August 13, at 9 a.m. at the Parmley farm, 1123 Country Club Road, Metropolis. 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 August 7, 2022.