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Rose Franklin

Rose Franklin lives in Spring Mills, where she operates an online plant nursery, www.ButterflyBushes.com. The nursery offers lots of plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Rose and her husband, Andy Smith, enjoy gardening for butterflies, photographing butterflies, and raising butterflies. In 2010, Rose published a book entitled “Fast Track Butterfly Gardening,” which is available at Amazon.com.

Articles by Rose Franklin

Monarch butterfly numbers plummet again Monarch butterfly numbers plummet again
42 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
SPRING MILLS — Since the winter of 1993-1994, scientists have been traveling to Michoacan, Mexico, every winter to monitor the size of the area that is occupied by over-wintering Monarch butterflies. This information is used to provide data on the status of the butterfly population, and might [Read More]
Monarch butterfly population drops to an all-time low Monarch butterfly population drops to an all-time low
72 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
SPRING MILLS — Due mostly to the severe drought and excessive heat in the midwest during the summer of 2012, monarch butterfly numbers have dwindled to an all-time low. Once most of the midwest vegetation withered and died last year, monarchs were no longer able to find milkweed to lay their [Read More]
Seldom seen butterfly lays eggs in Centre County Seldom seen butterfly lays eggs in Centre County
103 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Zebra Swallowtails are only rarely spotted in central Pennsylvania. Prior to 2012, in 20 years of avid butterfly gardening, I had only ever seen three or four of these long-tailed, Zebra-striped beauties. Most other local butterfly enthusiasts have seen none. In the fall of 2011, my husband and I [Read More]
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