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Join The Pollinator Posse!
Garden to support butterflies with Tora Rocha
at our Butterfly Summit on May 26!

Increase your garden karma by creating a sanctuary for butterflies and other pollinators.

Join us and our favorite butterfly and pollinator advocate Tora Rocha at our 2nd Annual BUTTERFLY SUMMIT on Saturday, May 26 at 1 pm!

The founder and fearless leader of Oakland's Pollinator Posse, a volunteer group that creates "pollinator corridors" in and around Oakland, Tora will share the gardening equivalent of pollinator "best practices" – the whys and hows of providing food, cover and water for our local fauna – and how sometimes subtle (and not-so-subtle!) changes in how we garden can make a big impact on the birds, bees, butterflies and insects around us. Plus, she'll share some of her favorite butterfly-sustaining nectar and host plants!

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Eriogonum grande var. rubescens 
“Red Buckwheat”
Lupinus albifrons "Silver Bush Lupine"

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.

Lupinus albifrons "Silver Bush Lupine"
Low water – big flower!
One of the toughest and most gorgeous of the bush Lupines, producing a jaw-dropping display of gradated purple blooms over showy silver foliage. Better every year! An important host plant for Blues and Hairstreaks.

Passiflora actinia
"Sea Anemone Passion Flower"
Alcea ‘Halo Apricot' "Hollyhock"

Passiflora actinia
Audacious and elaborate 2-3" flowers bearing a shaggy crown of purple and white striped filaments, appear mid to late Spring and last for months. Passifloras are a critical host for Gulf Fritillaries! Yields delicious fruit, pick very ripe for sweetness.

Alcea ‘Halo Apricot' "Hollyhock"
Dreamy apricot blooms with a cherry eye on 5' tall spikes make this rust resistant PERENNIAL a cottage garden essential! A host for Painted Lady, West Coast Lady, Common Checkered Skipper and Grey Hairstreak butterflies! Hardy USDA zone 3!

Mimulus aurantiacus ‘Pt. Molate’
Lavandula stoechas 'Silver Anouk'

Mimulus aurantiacus ‘Pt. Molate’
A super drought tolerant CA native “Bush Monkeyflower” and a host for Checkerspot and Common Buckeye butterflies! Found growing in the hills above Pt. Molate, golden yellow blooms add a splash of color to the low water garden.

Lavandula stoechas 'Silver Anouk'
Beautiful silvery white foliage, dense form and highest rating for toughness makes ‘Silver Anouk’ an outstanding fave! To 2’x 2’ and disease resistant, it blooms profusely in Spring with deep purple nectar-rich spikelets! Hardy to USDA zone 6!



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!

10-4: Very Fairy Manda Fairy Spa - hair sparkles with sound, scent and syncronicity!


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.

Robin North, garden designer specializing in pollinator and songbird habitat gardens in the North Bay using California native plants will share ideas for designing and maintaining Sonoma County habitat gardens.

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.

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