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Martha Bergman (front) was the visionary behind planting a garden in Winkler to create habitat for the endangered monarch butterfly. Members of the Winkler Horticultural Society and Winkler Art Gallery shared her vision. Also pictured are Betty Klassen (l to r) Margaret Penner, Tim Klassen, Valerie Harder, Sue Denison and Tanya Waino.

Putting the petal to the metal

A 500-lb. monarch butterfly is now featured in the newly planted butterfly garden next to the Winkler Art Gallery. The gallery is Winkler’s former water treatment plant

Planting a butterfly garden is a bit like hosting a party. You get everything ready, then hope those you invited show up. Members of the Winkler Horticultural Society are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of their orange and black attired guests to their own ‘garden party.’ This spring the group created a specially designed butterfly-friendly

How to create an inviting butterfly garden

How to create an inviting butterfly garden

With a little planning you can create an area to attract these pollinators

The monarch butterfly is one of the most recognizable species in North America but the numbers of monarchs have decreased significantly over the last 20 years. Why is this butterfly so important? Monarch butterflies act as pollinators. They act as natural pest control, playing an important role in their food cycle — acting as prey


A Monarhc butterfly feeds on yellow perennial milkweed.

Insect habitat campaigns reaching goals

Bees and monarch butterflies depend on disappearing habitat and campaigns to plant more are getting a lot of attention

A 4-H campaign to encourage Canadians to plant bee- and butterfly-friendly flowers has already hit its 2016 goal. The program, dubbed ‘Proud to Bee a 4-H’er’ has distributed packets of flower seeds that provide pollinator habitat to 120 registered clubs across the country, in partnership with crop protection and life science company Syngenta. 4-H spokesperson