The Butterfly Society of Virginia's History
1992 thru 1994
First meeting of the Society at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, leading to the currently more than 250 members in Virginia and the eastern U.S. Initiated Virginia butterfly license plate, available through the State Division of Motor Vehicles. Held the first butterfly garden tour (in Virginia Beach) in 1993, and a butterfly family festival in 1994, each with a plant sale. Thus started a tradition of hosting summer events with plant sales for the public, usually one each year. Thousands of adults and children have enjoyed these tours, festivals and plant sales.
1995 thru 2001First Society chapter, the Woodpecker Ridge Chapter, organized in Troutville (in western Virginia); twenty-five members and growing. Butterfly festivals and garden tours have continued, each with a plant sale. The most recent butterfly festival, in August 2001, was held for the second time at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. This festival included Bristow Garden tours, children's activities, educational talks, displays, sales of butterfly related items, and of course, a plant sale.
2002 and Beyond
The Society will continue striving to expand on our goals of butterfly education, conservation, gardening and volunteering. Yearly butterfly events and plant sales continue to be in planning, as well as educational programs and other activities. There is much to look forward to for the many adults and children who have enjoyed and benefitted from the activities of the Butterfly Society of Virginia.