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20120330_WildflowersMISSION — Catherine Hansen Strange, co-author of “Fearless Entertaining,” and Richard Moore, president of Valley Nature Films LLC and host of KGBT-TV’s “Nature Report” will headline the National Butterfly Center’s first Home Garden & Nature Festival on Saturday.

The festival starts at 9 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults $2.50 for children ages 4-13 and includes all seminars and tours for the festival.

The festival features speakers and tours every hour. Speakers for the event include Strange, Moore and Dr. Jeffrey Glassberg, president of the North American Butterfly Association.

Strange will speak twice. At 11 a.m., in “Fearless Entertaining’s One Vase” she will demonstrate how to maximize a vase in 14 imaginative ways. In her second presentation at 3 p.m., “Fearless Entertaining from Garden to Guests,” Strange demonstrates how to use garden products to entertain.

At 12:30 p.m., Norman Winter, executive director of the National Butterfly Center and author of “Captivating Combinations Color and Style in the Garden,” will present Thriller, Spiller and Filler-Designing Mixed Containers.

At 2 p.m. Glassberg, author of “A Swift Guide to the Butterflies of Mexico and Central America,” will discuss selection of the proper plants for nectar and larval foods to attract butterflies to the garden.

“As someone who has seen this several times, I can say emphatically you will be simply amazed and leave eager to create your own,” said Winter.

Moore will present on Historic Ranches of South Texas at 9:30 a.m. Moore said these ranches represent what some consider the “Last Great Habitat” and the cornerstone of conservation in Texas. In this opening session participants will see the role the South Texas ranches play in conservation supporting an astonishing 1,200 varieties of plants, 521 bird species and more than 700 vertebrates.

Educational programs start at 9:30 a.m. in the new Visitor Pavilion while butterfly walks and bird scouting will be held in the gardens. There will be children’s activities and opportunities to have a lunch of old-fashioned hamburgers and hotdogs under the large palapa.

For more information call the National Butterfly Center at 956-583-5400.

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