Join us for our 2nd Annual
Saturday, May 26 from 10 am - 4 pm!

Local experts weigh in on the state of butterflies in the Bay Area – find out what you can do to help!

We are thrilled to announce our 2nd annual Butterfly Summit on Saturday, May 26 from 10 am to 4 pm at the nursery! Last year's Summit was such a fantastic meeting of the minds that we're ready to do it again!

Join us and several of the Bay Area’s leading butterfly experts to find out what we can do to help struggling butterfly populations in the Bay Area, including gardening for native species, creating butterfly corridors and preserving habitat.

Butterflies in urban and suburban areas are now almost entirely dependent on us gardeners. If we want to foster and encourage them, we need to provide the necessary larval and adult resources – and those vary from region to region! Come learn which plants are most likely to attract and sustain butterflies in your area – and how to plant a seasonal succession of blooms. Free and open to all ages! Bring your questions!


10 am: Bring the kids to see caterpillars, pupas and adult butterflies, learn about host plants, meet our experts and share your experiences.

11-3: Giant Puppets Save The World! Come meet the enormous handcrafted silk and bamboo menagerie of Monarchs, Hummingbirds and more with artist, puppeteer and stilt-walker, Toni Tone! Super fun for the kids!


11 am: Art Shapiro, butterfly expert Dr. Arthur Shapiro - professor of Evolution and Ecology at UC, Davis discusses the butterfly state of the state in Northern California. Dr. Shapiro has spent the last 34 years collecting data on over 150 different butterfly species in his efforts to regularly monitor butterfly population trends in our changing climate.

1 pm: Tora Rocha, founder of the Pollinator Posse, a volunteer group that creates “pollination corridors” around the East Bay, shares how landscaping practices affect pollinators – and covers best plants and practices for making a pollinator-friendly difference no matter what size your garden!


10-4 pm: Stop by one of our info tables to learn more about gardening for butterflies in your area based on regional butterfly flyways and discuss what you can do to help re-establish butterfly populations in your corner of the Greater San Francisco Bay Area!

Tim Wong, aquatic biologist at the California Academy of Sciences and Pipevine Swallowtail whisperer.

Pollinator Posse at the Gardens at Lake Merritt. Tora’s group specializes in fostering Monarch caterpillars and butterflies and creating much-needed habitat in the urban jungle.

Andrea Hurd of Mariposa Garden Design specializing in permaculture methods and songbird, butterfly, and pollinator habitat gardens using California native and pollinator-friendly plants will share methods for designing meadows for butterflies.

Kelli Schley-Brownfield of Wild Flower Garden Design, Devil Mountain Nursery and Posse member will demonstrate butterfly puddling spots using Annie's plants.

Evelyn Orantes, independent curator, arts educator and teaching artist, and a new member of the Pollinator Posse will share visual representations of butterflies in arts and culture.

Andy Liu, Landscape Architect and garden designer specializing in butterfly habitat, explains why his neighborhood is alive with Swallowtails, Gulf Fritillaries and many other winged wonders.

Sal Levinson, author, entomologist and gifted speaker on butterfly habitats.


Plant 'em now Butterfly Essentials!
Enrich your local ecology by planting a few of these host and nectar favorites!
Eriogonum grande var. 
rubescens “Red Buckwheat” Antirrhinum majus 
‘Chantilly Peach’ Asclepias speciosa 'Davis'

Eriogonum grande var.
rubescens “Red Buckwheat”

Unparalleled as a host and nectar source for several species of Blues, Coppers and Hairstreaks, this "Buckwheat" fires up the dry garden all Summer long with bright red poof-ball blooms.

Antirrhinum majus 
‘Chantilly Peach’

We adore these fantastic, frilly, Chantilly Snaps and 'Peach' is the most popular, hands down! Strong, upright 3' spikes feature gorgeous fragrant blooms. A larval host for Buckeyes. Easy!

Asclepias speciosa 'Davis'
We love this easy and vigorous "Milkweed" for its silvery, downy foliage and fragrant flowers! An essential Monarch host plant, thrives in poor, dry, well-drained soil as well as regular garden soil. Hardy to USDA zone 4!

Tithonia rotundifolia ‘The Torch’ Penstemon palmeri 
“Scented Penstemon” Gaillardia aristata
'Amber Wheels'

Tithonia rotundifolia
‘The Torch’

Bushy, multi-branchy “Mexican Sunflower” makes a 4’ x 3’explosion of 4” orange flowers that provide nectar for Pipevine and Western Tiger Swallowtails, Monarchs and more. So easy and rewarding!

Penstemon palmeri 
“Scented Penstemon”

Heat and drought loving but equally adaptable to coastal gardens, sturdy 3-5' upright spikes of deliciously grape scented blooms lure bumblebees and hummers. Host for Checkerspots and Buckeyes! USDA zone 5!

Gaillardia aristata
'Amber Wheels'

A TALL “Blanket Flower” perfect for the vase! To 2.5’ tall with innumerable 3” frilly yellow flowers with deep red-orange eyes are a nectar source for a variety of butterflies. Long bloom season! Hardy USDA zone 3!

Lavatera assurgentiflora 
“Island Mallow” Passiflora
'Blue Horizon' Lessingia filaginifolia
'Silver Carpet'

Lavatera assurgentiflora
“Island Mallow”

This drought and wind tolerant, fast-growing shrub has silky, cerise flowers SPRING thru FALL, providing nectar for hummers, bees and butterflies. A larval food for West Coast Ladies!

Passiflora 'Blue Horizon'
Ridiculously easy and rewarding! Profusely long blooming over a long period, fast-growing Passifloras are THE host for Gulf Fritillaries. Stunning purple filaments with a maroon base contrast the creamy petals.

Lessingia filaginifolia
'Silver Carpet'

Tough as nails and immune to  CLAY, HEAT and DROUGHT, this native groundcover spreads to 3' silvery carpet only a few inches tall – a great choice for parking strips! Hardy USDA zone 8!

Need more Butterfly-friendly beauties?
See our entire list of habitat plants HERE!

Or check out or current availability list for
a fabulous selection!

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Nursery: 740 Market Ave. Richmond, CA 94801
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