Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Tour of Home and Gardens Sanford, FL


I had the opportunity to represent my friend Sheila’s garden for the Sanford Holiday tour of Homes & Gardens. The tour was Saturday, December 1, 11 a.m – 4 p.m and it was their 24th annual event. The tour featured several gardens, historic buildings, and homes decorated for Christmas.



I had the privilege of meeting Sheila during an Earth Day festival at Lake Eola. We quickly became friends when we discovered that we were both butterfly enthusiasts. I shared with her what I’ve learned about butterflies and she bought one of my recycled purses that I make by knitting with grocery bags.


It was exciting to meet many people who were interested in learning about raising butterflies. Sheila asked me to come so I could show visitors her garden and educate people about how to create butterfly friendly gardens in their own neighborhoods. At least 150 – 200 people walked through. There were so many people coming through, I lost count! The table was interactive with live monarch butterflies and caterpillars.


I was able to meet Betty Best the author of the novel Don’t Call Me Poor. You can view her book at . Betty inspired me to put my book on Create Space as well. My book, “Elizabeth’s Secret Garden” A Study of Butterflies in North America is now available on Create Space and Amazon as well! Buy my book on Amazon here: It’s a great gift for butterfly enthusiasts.

book cover


Butterfly Document Sheila

Information sheet I passed out at event.


  1. It was an you. Your presence brought an element to the tour that never existed.before. You were quite a.hit. This was the most successful tour we have ever had. Thanks for making it so special and for helping do our part in making many more happy homes.for.our.monarchs and queens.this.spring. Sheila

  2. It was delightful meeting you and learning about butterflies and the butterfly garden. You were the highlight of the tour. Thank you for taking the time to share you passion.

  3. Elizabeth,
    It was such a pleasure meeting you and having the opportunity to learn about butterflies! You are such a sweet young lady and such a lovely person to visit with. We really enjoyed having you with us at the tour. Sheila is so inspired by you as am I. Thank you for sharing with us!

  4. Thank you for all the kind comments!