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About Me
 
My name is Brenda Dziedzic and I have always had a love for nature, so in the late summer of 2001 I decided I wanted to see lots of butterflies like I used to as a child. What would I do? I’d create a butterfly garden. That winter I did a lot of research on the internet to find out what kind of plants I would need. In the spring of 2002, I met Lois Hansen. She gave me a list of necessary plants for my area, some plants from her garden, and my very first two Monarch eggs. Along with the eggs, Lois brought over several books for me to read about butterflies. That was it. I was hooked. From then on, I began reading every book I could find about butterflies. Each year, I plant a bigger variety of host and nectar plants. I bring in most of the eggs I can find so I can raise a variety of butterflies.

I am the author of "Learn About Butterflies in the Garden", owner of Brenda's Butterfly Habitat, a Co-founder and past president of Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association (SEMBA), a Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist for Monarch Watch, a member of Association For Butterflies (AFB), North American Butterfly Association (NABA), and Wildflower Association of Michigan (WAM). I’m an Advanced Master Gardener and was awarded “Master Gardener of the Year 2007” for Wayne County by Michigan State University Extension. The Master Gardener Association of Wayne County awarded me the MGAWC 2008 Dean Krauskopf, Ph.D. Educational Outreach Award. I received the gold "The Presidents Volunteer Service Award" for 2014 and 2015. I received "The President's Lifetime Achievement Award" January 2016. June 2016, from the U.S. House of Representatives, I was awarded a “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition”. My yard is certified by SEMBA as a Native Butterfly Garden, Monarch Watch as a Monarch Waystation and the National Wildlife Federation as a Wildlife Habitat. From 2002 through 2012, I had raised over 4000 butterflies at my home.


A few of the local newspapers that have written articles about my butterfly garden and Brenda's Butterfly Habitat are: The Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Observer & Eccentric Newspapers, and the Journal Newspapers.


Senator Laura Toy, Representative Richard LeBlanc, and Mayor Sandra Cicirelli sent letters of congratulations, after reading the articles in the newspapers.


A few of the places that I have given lectures at are: Wildflower Association of Michigan, Butterflies Professionals' Conference, Master Gardener meetings, MSU Tollgate Farm, nurseries, garden clubs, WildOnes: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes, DTE Energy Company, Canton City Leisure Services, Wild Birds Unlimited, Audubon Societies, Corpus Christi, Texas Botanical Gardens, and schools on butterfly gardening. I've been on the Green Room television program - "Interview with Brenda Dziedzic, a woman who raises and attracts butterflies in her yard by using the native plants they depend on". Ann Arbor, MI CitiTV Channel 19, "Nature in the Hills - Brenda's Butterfly Habitat" City of Farmington Hills Video Division, "Issues of the Environment" WEMU 89.1 AM, television talk show “Kiwanitalk” Brenda’s Butterfly Habitat, G.C.Community Chat With Kerry Partin on TalkShoe  http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/82757 and it also airs on www.facebook.com/gcchat, and "The Gardening Show" with Dean Krauskopf WJR 760 AM. I also had a program “How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden” on Westland, MI Public TV - WLND, which was filmed while I was giving a talk at the Westland Public Library.


My butterfly house is located at 6414 Merriman Road, Westland MI 48185, between Ford Road and Warren Road, at Barson's Greenhouse. It has butterflies, which are native to Michigan, and their host plants. This allows people to see the life cycle of the butterflies that they can have in their yards.


I try to share my knowledge about butterfly plants and rearing butterflies with as many people as I can. We need to give back to the earth. We can do this by planting the native plants that were intended to be here. Native plants have higher nectar content than most non-natives and they produce a healthy ecosystem by attracting a wider variety of birds and insects, which enhance the biodiversity.