About me

Welcome! It has been my pleasure to share information about butterflies, gardening and native plants at garden clubs, garden centers, trade shows, schools, churches, museums, etc., since 2001.  In December 2019, I was certified as a Nature/Forest Therapy Guide. Please visit my Presentations page to learn about the variety of topics available for your group. Then, contact me.  I'm happy to discuss the possibility of speaking to your organization. 

You're invited to learn more about my background here.


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tiger swallowtail on zinnia
male monarch on hydrangea
red-spotted purple
blazing star / gayfeather

One of the most important things you can do to attract butterflies is to add the host plants that caterpillars feed on.  Without caterpillars, there are no butterflies.

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I live in St. Charles, IL and present to organizations of all sizes in northern and central Illinois as well as southern Wisconsin.


Phone: 630-303-2872

Email: janegrillo@aol.com


Milkweed (Asclepias spp.) varieties are great nectar plants in addition to being host plants for monarch and queen butterflies. Flower color is widely assorted including green, white, shades of pink, red, orange and yellow. Species can be found growing in a wide range of soil and moisture conditions as well as from sunny to shady locations. Height varies from 1’ to 5’.