Butterfly Tablescape & Butterfly Gardens

Hi everyone!

I have butterflies on the brain lately. You know how annoying that is? Flutter…flutter…flutter….

The reason for this butterfly invasion? I have been working on a butterfly garden project for the high school where we volunteer with as a business partner in their botany department.

I am hoping to have the entire project ready to be implemented Spring 2013. Besides doing a ton of research, I have been working on finding grants to fund this project.

So, I thought a butterfly tablescape was called for. And with Earth day approaching, it seems appropriate.

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There used to be no Earth day.....How was that possible? Because there was no EPA, no Clean Air Act, no Clean Water Act. There were no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment.

In Spring 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force this issue onto the national agenda. 20 million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities, and it worked!

In December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency..

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We notice that every year in our herb garden, when the dill starts to flower, we have Monarch Butterflies visiting our garden. they seem to love the dill.

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Ranging in size from a few containers placed in a sunny spot to several acres, butterfly gardens can be grown throughout the United States. Throughout the country, the general requirements for butterfly gardening are the same: full sun, nectar source plants, larval host plants, a pesticide-free environment and knowledge of the local butterfly fauna. Source

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Nectar-producing plants will attract butterflies to your garden. Many nectar-producing plants are native species which require little attention, as they are naturally adapted to the region in which they live. One of the most common mistakes in butterfly gardening is planting only one nectar source. Adult butterflies have a very short lifespan. Planting a variety of nectar sources will encourage more butterflies to visit the garden. Source

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In order to support a full butterfly life cycle, host plants (for laying eggs and use as a caterpillar food source) must also be present. Planting an adequate supply of host plants gives butterflies a place to lay their eggs, which will successfully hatch and result in butterflies that will continue to visit the garden.Source

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Butterfly gardens are best planted in the spring with younger plants or in the fall with mature plants that will become dormant quickly and re-emerge in the spring. It is best not to plant in the heat of summer or the cold of winter. Source

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I started with simple Dollar Tree white plates.

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Then I added these sweet butterfly plates.

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The butterflies are so pretty!

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Next came these vintage amber glass dishes.

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I thought these felt butterflies made cute coasters for the crystal stems.

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Apparently our butterfly table inspired the Princess as well.

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With a few modifications and a little editing, this was a sit down and eat at dinner table.

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I have cooked from scratch dinners all week and I needed a break! I just wanted something simple.

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Pizza sounded good. I had no desire to order from a pizzeria so, I opted for a deli pizza from Kroger. Have you tried these? They are really yummy!

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Some cheesy garlic bread with dipping sauces and a tossed salad was just what I needed!

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You don’t need to have a fancy meal to enjoy a fun and pretty table. It is all about sharing a meal at the dinner table with your family. And they are the most important people to take the time to set a pretty table for!

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Saying Grace and enjoying each others company is one of the best times of the day around here. Listening to each other talk about our day is what meals at the dinner table are all about!

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Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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25 comments :

  1. Your butterfly table is so sweet. I love those butterfly plates! I really like how you show a real-life table, in use. So inspirational! And boy, does that salad look yummy.

    PS - love the Princess' butterfly picture, too!

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  2. Love the butterfly plates with the amber! Wonderful table and I think what you and Troy do with the HS is wonderful. Hugs, Linda

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  3. Love the butterflies. See very few around here. your plates are delightful. And that pizza looks yummy. Hope you are able to complete your project. take care.

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  4. Love your butterfly tablescape. The dishes you have chosen are lovely. Wish I had a slice of that yummy pizza right now! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  5. I love your butterfly plates! what a pretty table

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  6. I love your tablescape. So pretty! That's truly taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary.

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  7. Your tablescapes are awesome. You are very talented with it comes to putting pieces together that fit so beautifully. I did not have any idea dill attracted butterflies, but I am going to go buy some this afternoon after school. Thanks for the tip. genie

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  8. What a beautiful table you have set. I always enjoy seeing what you come up with.
    Hugs

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  9. Beautiful tablescape, Diann. Good luck on your project. The butterflies are perfect for Earth Day....Chrsitine

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  10. Oh so pretty! I love butterflies. Love to see them visit our yard. You have put together a gorgeous tablescape. Happy to see your post through WFMW!

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  11. I love your butterfly dishes! Your entire setting is so pretty....I also have those white plates from the Dollar Tree, they are so versatile and I love using them.

    Have a wonderful evening!
    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

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  12. The butterfly garden sounds so inviting! I know all your work will be great when it is finished. I love butterflies and was also my theme this week. Your butterfly plates are so pretty! Happy Earth Day!

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  13. I love butterflies -- that's a great way to mark earth day. The plates are so cute! Thanks for the info on each day.

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  14. Beautiful dishes and table! The butterflies add such a sweet touch. Happy VTT!

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  15. What a beautiful way to bring the butterflies indoors.

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  16. Your tablescape is so lovely! Quite a few years ago, our local elementary school planted a butterfly garden. It was located beside a small brick building. They painted the entire wall of the building so that it resembled a garden as well with blue skies, flowers, etc. The kids loved it! Blessings, Tammy

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  17. Beautiful butterfly table!

    The butterfly garden sounds like a fabulous project. Wishing you all the best!

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  18. Beautiful butterfly setting! Good luck with the garden. It's always such a treat to have butterflies fluttering about.

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  19. What a pretty post! I love it! :) You're right about setting the table for family! I also loved reading all the great info on the butterfly garden...thank you for that!

    HaPpY vInTaGe ThInGiE tHuRsDaY!
    Sarah

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  20. It must be so exciting to set up the butterfly garden! I have visited a few and they are delightful to walk through. Your table is so pretty and the information was very interesting. It is always nice to see the butterflies in the yard. Linda

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  21. Love your pretty butterfly table. How perfect for spring!

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  22. Love your butterfly table! The butterfly plates are so pretty! Cool that you get the Monarchs. I always loved teaching about them!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish! And I love the picture the Princess made too!

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  23. What a great butterfly table...those plates are so pretty. I love the tureen being used for the centerpiece...gives me ideas!

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  24. I appreciate those detailed photos of your gorgeous tablescape.. Stunning! All of your dishes are fabulous and I love everything you’ve done. The butterflies, the flowers, everything is set to perfection! Awesome!

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  25. Love your butterfly plates! Nicely done! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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Thank you for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your ideas. If you ask a question, I will answer it here in a comment back to you. Please check back! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day! Diann :)