Where Have All the Insects Gone?
Dr. Art Shapiro at our 3rd BUTTERFLY SUMMIT
Saturday, April 27 at 11 am!
3rd Annual Butterfly Summit!

We are excited to welcome back butterfly expert Dr. Art Shapiro – professor of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis to our 3rd Annual BUTTERFLY SUMMIT on Saturday, April 27 at 11 am!

Dr. Shapiro will share his thoughts on the "insect apocalypse" happening around the globe – and the state of insects and butterflies in Northern California. What are the relative impacts on butterflies of climate change, land use change, introduced species, and pesticides? Dr. Shapiro is here to help sort fact from fiction AND help us mobilize into achievable action!

He's spent the last 35 years collecting data on over 150 different butterfly species in his efforts to regularly monitor butterfly population trends in our changing climate – and will share what you can do to help struggling butterfly populations in Northern California.

Free and open to all ages. Sure to be informative and fascinating, don't miss it!

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Plant 'em now HOST Essentials!
Providing FOOD for CATERPILLARS is just as important as nectar!

'Chater's Chamois Rose'
Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’
Eriogonum grande var. rubescens “Red Buckwheat”

'Chater's Chamois Rose'

Outrageously double blooms on 6' tall spikes make this PERENNIAL a cottage garden staple! Hollyhocks are a host for Painted Lady, West Coast Lady, Common Checkered Skipper and Gray Hairstreak butterflies! Hardy USDA zone 7b!

Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’
An evergreen CA native shrub or small tree attractive in so many ways: requires little water, has lovely blue flowers, attracts bees, butterflies and birds and has a lovely fragrance. Heat tolerant! A host for CA Tortoiseshells, Spring Azures and Gray Hairstreaks!

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 blooms. Goof-proof and thrives on neglect! Hardy USDA zone 8.

Aster novae-angliae
'Harrington's Pink' Passiflora actinia Penstemon heterophyllus
‘Blue Springs’

Aster novae-angliae
'Harrington's Pink'

Indestructible, robust, long–lived, cold hardy and adaptable to many soils, Asters are a fantastic bee and butterfly nectar essential. But did you know it's also the host plant for the Field Crescents? Drought, deer resistant! Hardy USDA zone 3!

Passiflora actinia
"Sea Anemone Passion Flower"

Audacious and elaborate 2-3" flowers bear a crown of purple and white striped filaments mid-to-late Spring, lasting months. THE host for Gulf Fritillaries. One of the best choices for shadier gardens AND delicious fruit for snacking!

Penstemon heterophyllus
‘Blue Springs’

One of our most beloved CA natives! Not a shy bloomer, you’ll get loads of 6-12" luminous blooms loved by hummers and butterflies. Best with no Summer water. Host for Buckeyes and Checkerspots! Hardy USDA zone 6!

Mimulus aurantiacus ‘Pt. Molate Anisodontea sp. 'Strybing Beauty' Lupinus arboreus 
"Yellow Coastal Bush Lupine"

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

Anisodontea sp.
'Strybing Beauty'
This EASY and fast shrub is an absolute favorite of Pollinator Posse's Tora Rocha. Blooms its heart out year-round in coastal CA, offering nectar to Monarchs and more! A host plant for Vannessids.

Lupinus arboreus
"Coastal Bush Lupine"
of scented 6-8” spikes rock the garden Spring till mid-Summer on this CA coastal native, attracting butterflies and bumblebees galore. Quickly grows to 4’ x 4’. A host for Blues and some Hairstreaks.

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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