butterfly gardening                                         

My interest in Butterfly Gardening started a long time ago........When I was a kid growing up in California we would grab Folger's Coffee cans, strap them to our Schwinn Stingrays and head out to the fields, yes back then there were actual fields in the Bay Area and as a kid you could go for miles without any issues. We would follow the train tracks as the Milkweed Seeds traveled the wind created by passing trains. When we found the Narrow Leaved Milkweed we would fill our cans with Monarch caterpillars. Then to the fields where we would find Anise Swallowtail caterpillars on Fennel. Then on the way back to the school field to pluck Buckeye caterpillars from Plantain and finally, the neighbors Elm Tree for Mourning Cloaks. And now as an adult, I am still raising and releasing these flying jewels, but now, I have them come to me by creating a garden that beckons these winged creatures with nectar and food. We hope you join us and design and grow a Butterfly Garden of your own.

The video to the right shows our own front yard Butterfly Garden. When the house was purchased, the septic tank failed and had to be replaced. There were no gardens in the front yard. The only existing plants left after the installation was the evergreen and a Kousa Dogwood. None of the rest of the garden you are about to see existed. While 2018 has been the worst year in over two decades for Butterflies, other pollinators remain and our front yard plants are a source of nectar and other food in a desert of green lawns, evergreens, and Japanese Maples.

We hope this video and this page encourages you to start your own Butterfly Garden either with Native Plants or a mix of Natives and perennials and annuals important to the life of a Butterfly.Habitat loss and insecticide use continues to be an issue even with increased awareness.

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SO LETS GET STARTED

LETS FOLLOW A FEW SIMPLE RULES

 A TWO YEAR OLD BUTTERFLY GARDEN AT THE SIDE OF OUR DRIVEWAY



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BUTTERFLIES BY STATE