Former President Carter Celebrates 90th Birthday With Butterfly Garden

On his 90th birthday, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, celebrated in their new pollinator garden at The Carter Center. Among the guests was Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution faculty member, Dr. Jaap C. De Roode, and his children Jakob and Ella.

The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Pollinator Garden at The Carter Center is filled with flowers and plants native to Georgia and is part of the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail, developed by the former first lady to draw attention to the plight of diminishing numbers of migrating monarch butterflies. The garden is certified by Monarch Watch as an official monarch way station, and is listed as a certified wildlife habitat of the National Wildlife Federation. De Roode and undergraduate students from his lab worked with volunteers from Trees Atlanta to provide seedlings for the garden and to plant them over the summer. They will continue to help monitor and maintain the plants. Click here to view the full story in the Emory News Center.