In 2008, Patty and Fred launched Gardens With Wings to help raise awareness of butterflies and their widespread habitat loss and to inspire people to create butterfly gardens. Years later, we revamped the website… it’s a labor of love.
We encourage preserving natural areas, avoiding pesticides, and, when possible, using native plants, trees and shrubs. We are advocates of sustainable gardening practices like composting, rain barrels, and rain gardens. Adding gardens and natural areas around our homes not only supports butterflies throughout their lifecycle but encourages biodiversity.
We consider ourselves ‘citizen scientists’ interested in learning all we can about the natural world. Our friend, Regina, and others provide scientific expertise, so our site is as accurate and informative as possible.
We welcome the input of all our visitors and hope this website provides the information, resources, and, above all, the inspiration you need to grow your own Gardens With Wings!
Happy Butterfly Gardening,
Fred Miller & Patty Bigner
Regina M. Cutter Edwards – Entomologist
Through my years at Purdue University and Northern Kentucky University, I found a love for teaching people about insects. I have been involved in projects such as:
- Growth development in cockroaches
- Parasitoid wasps
- Identification of forensically important flies
- Butterflies in captivity
I began collecting insects for 4-H when I was nine years old (more than 22 years ago) and found my lifetime hobby and career. Watching nature ‘do its thing’ is always exciting; knowing it all happens for a reason is fascinating.
Regina is an Entomologist at Krohn Conservatory’s annual Butterfly Show in Cincinnati, Ohio, for three months out of the year. For the remainder of the year, she works as an independent insect consultant and is a stay-at-home mom actively involved in the community. She looks forward to assisting in any way and learning from the experiences of our readers!