In this "Green Thumb Project" presented by the Hancock County Master Gardeners, learn how you can do your part to help restore the North American Monarch population. Kirsten Carlson and Dr. Helen Steussy will give tips on how to create a natural habitat for Monarch butterflies, and take home some milkweed pods to begin creating your own butterfly garden.
Kirsten Carlson is an associate adjunct instructor with Ivy Tech Community College and an adjunct at Hanover College. She teaches different courses in the life sciences programs for majors, non-majors, and dual credit students. Kirsten is also a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association of Interpretation. Kirsten strives to help people of all ages make connections with nature through their own means and curiosities.
Dr. Helen F. Steussy is a pathologist in Rushville, Indiana. She received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Helen and her husband manage 33 acres of native meadow plants to support local pollinators.
This program is an initiative of the Hancock County Master Gardeners, whose mission is--in part--encouraging more people to discover fulfillment in gardening.