Join us for our 3rd Annual
Saturday, April 27 from 10-4!

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 3rd Annual Butterfly Summit on Saturday, April 27 from 10 am to 4 pm at the nursery! 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 am: Where have all the insects gone? Art Shapiro, professor of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis will share his thoughts on the "insect apocalypse" happening around the globe – and the state of butterflies in Northern California. Dr. Shapiro has spent the last 35 years collecting data on over 150 different butterfly species in an effort to monitor butterfly population trends in our changing climate.

Tora Rocha, founder of the Pollinator Posse, talks about her favorite nectar plants and gardening practices for making a pollinator-friendly difference no matter where you garden!

1 pm: Angela Laws- Monarch ecologist from Xerces Society and Mia Monroe Xerces volunteer will discuss how your gardening practices can help the plight of CA Monarchs.

Tora Rocha, founder of the Pollinator Posse, talks about her favorite host plants and gardening practices for making a pollinator-friendly difference no matter where you 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, Biologist at Cal Academy of Sciences and CA Native Garden Volunteer at the San Francisco Botanical Garden will share tips on gardening for California Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies and propagating their California Pipevine host plants from cuttings!

Pollinator Posse co-founders Tora Rocha and Terry Smith and Horticulturalist Jackie Salas of Children's Fairyland will be available for questions. Their 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 songbird, butterfly, and pollinator habitat gardens using CA native and pollinator-friendly plants shares methods for designing meadows for butterflies.

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.

Suzanne Clark, Sonoma County Master Gardener and butterfly whisperer will show how to rear caterpillars and the benefits of gardening for habitat.

Robin North, garden designer specializing in pollinator and songbird habitat gardens in the North Bay shares ideas for designing Sonoma County habitat gardens.

Alameda County Master Gardeners will be on hand to show how to garden for native pollinators.

Plant 'em now NECTAR Essentials!
Enrich your ecology and feed butterflies by planting a few of these nectar favorites!

Aster oblongifolius 
“Aromatic Aster”
Scabiosa atropurpurea
Echium wildpretii 
"Tower of Jewels"

Aster oblongifolius
An astonishing performer and maybe the bloomiest of all Asters! Indestructible, robust and long–lived, cold hardy and adaptable to many soils. Always buzzing with bees and butterflies. Deer and drought resistant! Hardy to USDA zone 3!

Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Black'
Dozens of big, bold deepest crimson bloom clusters with contrasting white “pins” sit atop long, branching stems. EASY, fast and self-sows! All our Scabiosas are adored by butterflies - especially Skippers! Deer resistant!

Echium wildpretii
"Tower of Jewels"

Reaching up to 8' tall, the dramatic spires of this Seussian specimen are a butterfly, bee and hummingbird magnet of the HIGHEST order! Deer, heat, bug and drought tolerant and easy in well-draining soil. Self-sows!

Grindelia stricta platyphylla “Coastal Gum Plant” Tithonia rotundifolia ‘The Torch’ Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’

Grindelia stricta platyphylla “Coastal Gum Plant”
A FANTASTIC habitat plant for all types of pollinators, especially butterflies like Ladies and Buckeyes! Makes a tidy, almost flat mat to 3' around. Trails nicely, choice for parking strips.

Tithonia rotundifolia
‘The Torch’
Bushy multi-branching “Mexican Sunflower” makes an explosion of 4” flowers that provide nectar for Pipevine and Western Tiger Swallowtails, Monarchs and more. A Pollinator Posse FAVE!

Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’
Our most floriferous and robust CA native! Flowers almost ALL YEAR LONG with fragrant blooms with little water or care once established. Captivates and feeds bees and butterflies and other visitors. USDA zone 7!

Salvia leucophylla x clevelandii ‘Pozo Blue’ Scabiosa caucasica
'Perfecta Alba' Syringa meyeri 'Palibin'

Salvia leucophylla x clevelandii  ‘Pozo Blue’
Tough as nails and heavenly scented, this naturally occurring hybrid is a more adaptable alternative to S. clevelandii. A Swallowtail butterfly favorite! Drought and deer resistant, hardy to USDA zone 7b.

Scabiosa caucasica
'Perfecta Alba'

THE BEE'S KNEES when it comes to providing nectar for pollinators – dozens of frilly white blooms sit atop long-branching stems Spring thru Fall with deadheading. Deer resistant, great cut flower! Hardy USDA zone 4!

Syringa meyeri 'Palibin'
A Lilac for warm-Winter areas! This DWARF Korean Lilac delivers clusters of fragrant pale lavender-pink blooms irresistible to butterflies, especially Western Tiger and Pipevine Swallowtails! Dense and compact to 6’x 6’. Hardy to USDA zone 3.

Find Butterfly-friendly plants!
See our entire list of habitat plants HERE!

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

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