Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 23, 2018

Butterfly Summit Saturday, May 26

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 Monarchcaterpillars and butterflies and creating much-needed
habitat in the urban jungle.

Andrea Hurd of Mariposa Garden Designspecializing in permaculture methods
and songbird, butterfly and pollinator habit 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.

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