Join WABC for its February butterfly gardening program Thursday, Feb. 24, 7:30 pm at Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington.  This year’s speaker is Marie Rojas.

Marie Rojas offers landscape consultation assistance and Integrated Pest Management services for homeowners, commercial growers and property managers through her company, Borders & Butterflies.  Marie has been a Montgomery County Master Gardener since 1994, and serves on several green industry boards, including the Professional Grounds Management Society, D.C. Branch and the Environmental Cluster Advisory Board for Montgomery County Public Schools. She has been gardening for wildlife for over 20 years.

BUTTERFLY GARDENING

Butterflies and moths pollinate 8% of the world’s flowering plants!  Unfortunately, with habitat fragmentation and too many deer over-browsing the understory, some butterfly species are really struggling.  What can you do?  Plenty!  With a bit of planning and a few simple tweaks, you can transform your patch of the world into a haven for butterflies. Whether you garden in a container or on several acres, you can make a difference – come and learn how!

Directions to Long Branch Nature Center via Google Maps:  http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Long+Branch+Nature+Center+625+S.+Carlin+Springs+Road,+Arlington,+VA+22204&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=42.360237,59.326172&ie=UTF8&z=16

Directions from I-395:
Take the SEMINARY RD exit- EXIT 4. Turn onto SEMINARY RD going northwest.
Turn RIGHT onto CARLIN SPRINGS RD / VA-716.  Long Branch Nature Center is about 0.8 miles on the right behind a medical office building near a hospital. The Long Branch sign (which may be unlit on at least one side) and driveway are just before the office building. Follow the long driveway past the offices’ parking garage, through the woods, to the Nature Center parking lot. Walk up the incline to the Nature Center. ADC Northern Virginia Map 16, G-8.

Directions from Washington Beltway (I-495):
Drive EAST on ROUTE 50 about 5 miles.
Turn right (SOUTH) onto CARLIN SPRINGS ROAD.  The Nature Center is about 1/3 mile on the left behind a medical office building; the sign and driveway are just beyond the building (just before the building for those driving NORTH from COLUMBIA PIKE). Drive past the office building and down the wooded driveway to the Nature Center parking lot.

Directions by Public Transportation:
From Ballston Metro station (Orange Line) board the 25A bus towards Pentagon.
Bus Stop: CARLIN SPRINGS RD & 6TH RD SOUTH.
Walk in the same direction the bus was going, cross the street when you see the Nature Center sign, and continue on the long driveway past the medical offices’ parking garage, through the woods, to the Nature Center (about a 3-minute walk).