Build an herb garden, create a butterfly house – and save the date for April 17 and May 19 – Kane County Connects

You see butterfly greenhouses in big zoos and wonderful local parks, but have you ever thought about creating one?

And maybe you’ve ever tasted fresh parsley, mint, dill, or cilantro that you bought at the grocery store, but tried growing them yourself?

Now you can create your own culinary herb garden and create a beautiful butterfly greenhouse during the 2021 Kane County Forest Reserve District Pollinator Workshop Series.

Join Forest Preserve District naturalists for a series of fun and interactive programs. During the first workshop, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 17 at the Creek Bend Nature Center, you will be able to create an herb garden.

Herbs can do more than just spice up your kitchen life – they provide nectar and host an incredible array of pollinators! Participants will receive all the tools needed to build a culinary herb garden, for use by home cooks and local butterflies. Plants, pots and information on proper garden maintenance will be provided.

The second workshop – from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 16 at the Creek Bend Nature Center – you will be able to build a butterfly greenhouse. Bring a hammer and your creativity to create a stylish butterfly house that will spruce up your home. Participants will work with pre-cut lumber and nails to assemble this simple building project.

The Forest Preserve District will provide the painting supplies so you can add your own special finishing touches. Note: The houses are intended for decorative use only.

Take part in one or both workshops! Pre-registration is required for both the “Herb Garden Workshop for Pollinators” and “the Workshop on Building a Butterfly House”. Registration is $ 15 / herb garden or butterfly house and includes materials. Or, sign up for the Herb Garden & Butterfly House workshops for $ 25. Call 630-444-3190 or email [email protected] save.

The Creek Bend Nature Center is located in the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve at 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles.

For more information visit or find us on social media by searching @forestpreserve.

Terri S. Tomasini