Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Butterfly Queen signs book at festival

The 'Butterfly Queen', Loice Kendrick-Lacy, a long-time resident of Haynesville, will have a book signing for her first book, Gardening To Attract Butterflies at the 14th annual Haynesville Celebration of Butterflies.

The festival will be held Saturday, September 15 at the Claiborne Parish Fairgrounds, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a parade and will last all day.

"This event has seen a lot of visitors over the years but none as important as the butterflies themselves," said botanist and butterflier Dr. Charles Allen. "I am a fortunate person who has been able to attend the festival each year since its inception in 1999.

"As the director, Loice puts much work into the festival, making sure that every little detail is in place on that Saturday in September each year when butterflies are given their due celebration in Northwest Louisiana," he continued. "

"This is the reason the festival has continued with such success for 13 years. Her book on gardening to attract butterflies is an appropriate crown for Loice, the Butterfly Queen."

An avid birder as well as butterflier and lover of all things in nature, Loice taught either botany or ornithology for 14 years at the Arkansas Audubon Ecology Camp.

For over 30 years, she has been giving programs on butterflies, birds, wildflowers and gardening.

Since 2004, she has taught butterfly gardening to each new class of master gardeners in Southwest Arkansas. Prior to moving to Arkansas, she taught the same subject to master gardeners in Northwest Louisiana.

Loice majored in journalism at what was then Southwest Texas State Teachers College, and has published poetry and many articles on nature.

For the past 37 years, she has written a column for the newsletter of the Arkansas Audubon Society, also serving as that publication's editor for 10 of those years.

She is a member of the Louisiana Native Plant Society, Louisiana Ornithological Society, the Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society, the Haynesville Garden Club, the Arkansas Audubon Society, and is a master gardener certified in both Louisiana and Arkansas.






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