In 2007, we moved to a new home, with a much larger pallet to play with. Our new garden now holds a three tier pond, a butterfly nursery island, a hummingbird island, a shade garden, and many, many, many more host and nectar plants. The Sohoza oasis (as we call it) is also certified by Monarch Watch as a Monarch Waystation and as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
On the credentials side; I am a member of NABA (North American Butterfly Association) and I am a Master Gardener. In addition, I am a certified Science teacher with a love of biology and nature in general―bugs, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and plants. The idea of sharing knowledge about butterflies and establishing and sustaining their habitats is very important to me. Especially with kids!
Brenda Dziedzic and I worked for the same company, in the same building, and didn’t realize that we were starting butterfly gardens at the same time. Once we found out…the idea for SEMBA emerged. Brenda has a wealth of knowledge and we were very excited about sharing our passion for butterflies with others.