Annie's Welcomes Back Monarchs!

Let's welcome back our favorite fluttering fauna as they return to their overwintering sites along the
California coast!

Join us for a fun and info-packed celebration of all things Monarch at this day-long event featuring experts, educators and enthusiasts imparting a wealth of important information for the home gardener and butterfly lover!

Learn how to plant a garden that welcomes Monarchs (best plants, best practices), where to see Monarchs overwintering in the Bay Area, learn about Monarch biology and natural history and more! Panel presenters will discuss critical issues facing Monarchs today, providing gardeners with the latest information and ample time for questions and concerns.

Plant lists, gardening tips, volunteer opportunities and butterfly watching hot spots will be shared!


11:00 am: Bring the kids to see caterpillars and learn about the Monarch life cycle and the importance of host plants from Oakland's Pollinator Posse.

11:00 am: Tora Rocha and the Pollinator Posse discuss the importance of pollinator passageways and the work its Magic Monarch program does with citizen scientists in conjunction with Children’s Fairyland, the Gardens at Lake Merritt and local classrooms.

1:30 -3:30 pm: Panel presentation and discussion. Hear from the experts who have worked to monitor and protect Monarchs and other butterfly species in their urban and suburban neighborhoods. Speakers and panelists include:

Tora Rocha, founder of Oakland’s Pollinator Posse.

Angela Laws, Monarch and Pollinator Ecologist with the Xerces Society on why Monarchs need a special welcome! Overview of their amazing life cycle throughout the year, why this is such a species of concern and what threatens them at each stage.

Mia Monroe, Xerces Volunteer and coordinator of the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count in the SF Bay Area.

Suzanne Clarke, Master Gardener, shares her success and secrets in welcoming Monarchs into her garden. Follow her on her Facebook page: Sonoma County Butterfly Alliance.

Bill Shepard, retired teacher and citizen scientist on the wonder of butterflies in the East Bay – and where to watch for them! Find out how to see the Monarchs at the San Leandro Golf Course, where thousands overwinter most years.

Asclepias speciosa 
"Showy Milkweed"
Asclepias fascicularis “Narrow Leaved Milkweed”
First and foremost ... Milkweed!
You can help next Spring's migrating Monarchs by
PLANTING ASCLEPIAS now – their SOLE Host Plant!

Asclepias speciosa
"Showy Milkweed"

Native to the western half of the US
, this fragrant "Milkweed" features starry pink blooms on a 3' upright form. Needs very little to no Summer water once established and is tolerant of heat and most soils – including clayish. Forms spreading clumps over time. Hardy to USDA zone 4, deer resistant!

Asclepias fascicularis
“Narrow Leaved Milkweed”

Good karma gardening! Plant this easiest-to-grow CA native Monarch host plant NOW for emerging butterflies next Spring! Adaptable to high/low water, garden soil or CLAY. Returns bigger and better every year. USDA zone 6!
Even more Asclepias online!

Anisodontea sp. 'Strybing Beauty'
Buddleja davidii 'Ellen's Blue'

Anisodontea sp. 'Strybing Beauty'
Do you like feeding butterflies? How about bees? NON-STOP BLOOM 12-months a year make this one of our most-reliable Winter nectar sources! One of the best pollinator shrubs we've ever seen AND it's heat and drought tolerant, easy and fast!

Buddleja davidii 'Ellen's Blue'
Vibrant violet-blue flower spikes are studded with brilliant red-orange eyes. So easy to grow and the multitude of blooms over a long season provide a nectar feast much loved by butterflies! Deer and gopher resistant, hardy to USDA zone 5!

Erigeron glaucus 'Wayne Roderick'
Eriogonum grande var. rubescens 
“Red Buckwheat”

Erigeron glaucus
'Wayne Roderick'

We'll never be able to grow enough of this fantastic plant - grab one if you can! Attractive to everything – especially butterflies and native bees! E
asy, reliably perennial and dang tough!
Hardy to USDA zone 6!

Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
“Red Buckwheat”

Unparalleled as a host and nectar source for many species of butterflies, this goof-proof "Buckwheat" thrives on neglect and fires up the dry garden with bright red poof-balls. Hardy USDA zone 8b.

Tithonia diversifolia “Bolivian Sunflower”
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Skylark'

Tithonia diversifolia “Bolivian Sunflower”
Sunflowers for Winter! Stunning and chocolate-scented, this GIANT Sunflower quickly grows 10-20’ tall and 10-12’ wide (whoa!) providing an enormous bounty of nectary goodness for Monarchs as early as September, all the way thru March. Can be cut back to 1’ tall after bloom to control height. Deer resistant!

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Skylark'
A compact and beautiful evergreen California Lilac featuring densely packed dark green leaves smothered in 3” clusters of china blue flowers late Summer to late Fall. Beloved by butterflies and bees, drought and heat tolerant. Rugged enough for a hedge or dry hillside. Hardy USDA zone 7.

Aster novae-angliae 'Harrington's Pink'
Verbena bonariensis

Aster novae-angliae 'Harrington's Pink'
Making a pollinator smorgasbord late Summer to Fall, this TALL New England Aster (to 3-6’ x 3’) features showy clusters of soft pink 1” blooms. An excellent nectar source for butterflies and bees and a host plant for Field Crescentspot butterflies. Deer, rabbit and disease resistant. Hardy USDA zone 4!

Verbena bonariensis
You know this plant – it’s one of the greatest all purpose, make-your-garden-look-good-no-matter-what plants. Violet-purple clusters on wonderfully architectural 3-5’ branching stems look good anywhere! Pollinator magnet, easy self-sower! Hardy USDA zone 7!

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Annie's Annuals & Perennials
Nursery: 740 Market Ave. Richmond, CA 94801
Business Office: 801 Chesley Ave. Richmond, CA, 94801
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