Ladybugs at Magnolia

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is enlisting the help of Lowcountry kids to help them release nearly 150,000 ladybugs in the Lowcountry's largest one-time release of the beneficial beetle. Families will be given a container holding several hundred ladybugs, which will then be set free throughout the 60-acre garden. Classified as a beetle, ladybugs are natural predators to harmful insects such as aphids, scale insects and other small insects, according to Chris Smith, Magnolia's Nature Center director. A number of groups will be set-up on-site with nature displays, including Cypress Gardens' butterfly display, Keep Charleston Beautiful, Keeper of the Wild, Reptile Innovations and more. Attendees are invited to put on their best ladybug costume, with prizes being awarded for children ages 1-2, 3-5, and six and older.

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Road

Price: $15 general garden admission is required; children under six get in free

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