Butterfly trailThe connection between Perry Wellness Center and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter was forged years ago, as Mrs. Carter has been a longtime advocate for those with mental illness. Almost fifteen years ago, that relationship was cemented when Mrs. Carter wrote the forward for Stuart Perry’s book, “Journey for Life.” We have also been honored to have the former First Lady visit our campus and have attended mental health educational forums she has sponsored.

We have also had the opportunity to develop a different type of association with Rosalynn Carter, as we became involved with the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail.

The Carter’s family home is the starting point of the trail, which includes 11 public gardens in the Plains area, as well as others throughout the U.S. and even Canada and Japan. Yes, we’re happy to be on the trail as well!

Begun in the spring of 2013, the trail represents an effort to develop flourishing butterfly habitats, with a particular focus on the monarch butterfly. This magnificent butterfly only lays its eggs on milkweed plants, once plentiful in Georgia. Now the monarch’s numbers are significantly depleted.

A butterfly garden can consist of a simple container pot or an in-ground garden that has nectar and host plants for visiting butterflies. If you are interested in establishing your own butterfly garden and becoming a member of the trail, stop by the market, and we’ll help you pick out appropriate plants. For additional information, visit the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail website.

Annette Wise, director of the Plains Education Center and founder and director of the trail, recently stopped by Rudy’s Happy Patch Market to make some garden selections for the Carter home in Plains. In the above photo, Phyllis Smith, market manager; peer and market worker Rhonda Hubbard, Annette Wise Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail Director, and peer Malcolm Johnson load plants to be used in President and Mrs. Carter’s Plains home garden.

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