Sharon Metcalf relaxes in her townhouse garden in Bethesda, Md.; the garden has been reworked to create a habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollilnators.
In addition to installing host plants for caterpillars, she has put in nectar-rich perennials such as the Sedum variety Autumn Fire.
Sharon Metcalf raises mail-order monarchs to maturity, providing them with the milkweed plant they need to feed and grow.
A newly hatched butterfly that Metcalf raised in early summer. The monarch’s distinctive green chrysalis can be seen in the background.