Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events 2018 – 2019  Pipevine Swallowtail

Sarasota County Butterfly Club (SCBC)

  • All regular programs meet at the Sarasota Garden Club at 1131 Blvd. of the Arts in Sarasota.
  • Programs start promptly at 9:30 AM unless otherwise specified. Doors open at 9 AM. Come a little earlier and visit.
  • All Field Trips have a $3.00 fee payable at time of field trip. $5.00 for non-members.  Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, binoculars (optional)
  • Events are open to the public unless otherwise stated, with a guest fee of $5 which will be credited toward membership, if you join that day
  • For Field Trip Information email  and/or check Facebook page for updates regarding weather and possible cancellations
Friday mornings 9 AM - our public garden, the "Catherine and Richard LaBrie Butterfly Garden" needs your help - whatever you can do is appreciated.
NEW - check out our Summer Socials!
July 26, 2018, Thursday, 9:30 AM, Summer Social Breakfast,  Der Dutchman 3713 Bahia Vista St. Sarasota. We have really enjoyed these summer events. Bring a friend and join us! RSVP to 941.360.8869 or email
August 23, 2018, Thursday, 9:30 AM, Summer Social Breakfast, Der Dutchman 3713 Bahia Vista St. Sarasota. Order from menu with separate checks. Bring a friend. RSVP to 941.360.8869 or email
Sept 16-19, 2018 Tallahassee NABA 13th Biennial Mtg. To Register:
September 27, 2018, 9:30 am, Thursday: Program Meeting: Photo Show from NABA Biennial Meeting presented by Karen Finch, Karen Rosenbeck and Jean Evoy. Sarasota Garden Club 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. Doors open at 9 am. Members free; guests, $5.
Sept 29, 2018 Field Trip,  Sweet Bay Nursery 10824 Erie Rd, Parrish; Leaders Jean Evoy with Tom Heitzman ($)
October 6, 2018, 9:30 AM, Field Trip: Scherer Thaxton Preserve. Leader Laurel Rhodes (Jean E) ($)
October 26, 2017, 9:30 am, Thursday: Program Meeting: The B&B of Moths: Beauty and Behavior” presented by Karen A. Finch and Jean Evoy. Sarasota Garden Club 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. Doors open at 9 am. Members free; guests, $5.
November 4, 2017, 9:30 am, Saturday: Field Trip: Celery Fields Nature Center, 6893 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240. Trip leader Karen Finch. Meet at Nature Center parking lot. Members $3; guests $5.
Nov 30, 2017, 9:30 am, Thursday: Program Meeting: Native Butterfly Plants presented by Tom Heitzman owner of Sweetbay Nursery. Butterfly plants may be available for purchase. Sarasota Garden Club 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. Doors open at 9 am. Members free; guests, $5.
December – Happy Holidays - No meetings
January 9, 2019, 4:30 pm, Wednesday: Program Meeting: First Meeting 2019, Potluck and Super raffle. Sarasota Garden Club 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. Open to Members and their invited guests only.
February 24-26, 2018. Overnight field trip to Long Key in Davie, FL. Sign up form availableOpen to Members and their invited guests only
Feb 22, 2018, 9:30 am, Thursday –Program Meeting: Roger Hammer Sarasota Garden Club 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. Doors open at 9 am. Members free; guests, $5. "Hummingbirds, Butterflies and Moths - Outdoor Delights in the Woods and Gardens." Roger Hammer is an award-winning professional naturalist, author, botanist and photographer. Roger will be doing a custom presentation for our group - his program will cover attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, and moths to your home garden. Knowing where to look for them on hikes in the woods, is as simple as knowing which plants to plant, or where their favorite nectar sources occur in nature. Also, larval host plants for butterflies and moths are not only a key to luring them to gardens but are also clues to where you should look for them on nature hikes.
March 22, 2018, 9:30 am, Thursday: Program Meeting: Butterflies and Butterfly Gardening Open Forum with Plant Swap. Sarasota Garden Club 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. Doors open at 9 am.  Members free; guests, $5. An open forum discussion about butterflies and butterfly gardening will be held. Bring your questions, observations, tips and general thoughts and we’ll discuss it all! Get your plants ready for the plant swap—bring a plant, get a plant, bring two, get two, etc. —and remember to label them please! Host and nectar plants preferred. This plant exchange is always a hit.
March 31,  2018, 10:00 am, Field Trip: Myakka State Forest, 2000 S. River Rd, Englewood, FL 34295. Trip leader Jean Evoy. Meet at entrance parking lot, or, carpooling, meet at 9:15 am at McDonalds, 3900 Cattlemen (Bee Ridge at Cattleman). Members $3; guests $5.
April 17, 2018 , 9:00 am: Field Trip: Scherer-Thaxton Preserve 13125 Honore Ave, Sarasota, FL 34238. Trip Leader Karen A. Finch. Meet at parking lot. Members $3; guests $5
April 26, 2018, 10-2, Members’ Garden Tour. Open only to Butterfly Club members and their guests. Visit member’s gardens in Sarasota as you drive from house to house. Locations are being finalized and a tour map will be sent to members via email. An optional lunch at a local restaurant may be included after the tour at 2:30.
May 19, 2018, Butterfly Count East. Must register to participate;  open to Members and their invited guests only. You do not have to be a butterfly expert to do this— just be able to spot a butterfly and bring it to the attention of your group leader! There will be several counting groups going to Celery Fields and Scherer-Thaxton Preserve. Counts generally run about 2+ hours and all the usual requirements for a field trip apply  - except no fee. This is a great opportunity to see and learn about butterflies out in the field!
May 24, 2018, Thursday, 10:30-1:30 Club Program:  Annual Meeting & Potluck Luncheon / Raffle.  Bring a potluck dish, a guest or two, some $$ for raffle tickets and your smiles and laughter! This is a popular event. Sarasota Garden Club. 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota  Open to Members and Invited Guests Only.
NABA 13th Biennial Members' Meeting Tallahassee, Florida September 16-19, 2018
Butterfly Festival -  Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville -
NABA Butterfly Park - National Butterfly Center -Mission Texas

11 Responses to Calendar of Events

  1. Fred Verceles says:

    Where and what time is the 101 photography workshop? Is there a fee and when is the registration date? Thank Fred

    • Beverly says:

      Hi Fred,
      This is considered a regular program. So as stated at the top of the page, we meet at the Sarasota Garden Club, with the program scheduled for 9:30 AM. The fourth bullet point states that programs are free to members or $5 guest fee. If you join as a new member that day, the guest fee is applied towards membership.
      Thanks for your interest. We have a wonderful group. We hope you can join us.

  2. Karen Rosenbeck, former President says:

    The Sarasota County Butterfly Club’s upcoming 2016-2017 season is going to be exciting! In September, join us for a field trip to Scherer-Thaxton Preserve to view butterflies in their environment, then, later in the month, attend our program meeting to learn how to identify “The Big, the Bold and the Beautiful” Butterflies. That’s just a small taste of what’s to come: program meetings, field trips, garden tours and social get-togethers. All for the love of butterflies! Watch for the upcoming calendar on this website which should be finalized in August.

  3. Peter Bradin says:

    I am a photographer and butterflies are one of my favorite subjects. Some of you have probably seen me at the Sarasota Garden Club in the Butterfly Garden but it seems, over the past year or so, the butterfly population at the Garden Club has declined rather dramatically. I am looking for other places to shoot whether it be other parks or gardens, public or private. I hate going to places like Butterfly World because they are not naturally occurring gardens. Suggestions or invitations to private gardens would be greatly appreciated. I am also a lover of water lilies. I am on Facebook at Peter Bradin, where you can see some of my work. Just ignore all the classic and sports car stuff. Thanks for any help you can share with me.

  4. Steven Freedman says:

    Laurel Rhodes told me about your upcoming panel on Butterfly Identification. Would it be possible for members of the Peace River Butterfly Society to attend this session?

    I checked your Website and ascertained the date and time of this event

  5. Lynda H. Fialka says:

    I have been “raising” Monarch for over a year now and have heard that the caterpillar will travel some distance before it finds the perfect spot for it’s chrysalis. Just how far have they been known to travel?

    Thank you.

  6. laura says:

    hi can you tell me where the counts will be on may 11th and 18th please thanks, laura

  7. Camille Cascio says:

    I am a teacher at Suncoast School for Innovative Studies. I would like some information about butterfly gardens in the hopes of creating one this new school year for our students. I would appreciate any assistance you can give me. Thank you for all of your help!

  8. Megan Guynn says:


    My 16 year old step-daughter loves butterflies. This summer we are looking for a place for Taylor to give back to the community and we thought that maybe we could volunteer and help. Please let us know if and how we can help with the butterflies.

    Thanks, Megan

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