Butterflies in the Garden

Visiting Butterflies  |  Butterflies in your Garden  |  Great Milkweed Grow Out  |  Ask Dr. Kim

Visiting Butterflies at the Garden

Visit the Garden’s Fall and Spring butterfly exhibits in the new 3,200 square foot facility on the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail. Experience the butterfly lifecycle through hundreds of live butterflies, a caterpillar nursery and chrysalis emergence chamber.

Butterflies in your Garden

Plant your own Butterfly Garden with these tips:

  1. Plant native nectar and host plants
  2. Place your garden in a sunny location
  3. Attract diverse butterflies with a variety of plants and bloom times
  4. Avoid pesticides
  5. Include shelter plants

Learn more about creating a butterfly garden at your own home!

Great MIlkweed Grow Out

Great Milkweed Grow Out is an initiative at Desert Botanical Garden to grow milkweeds for monarch butterfly conservation. Monarch butterflies have declined as much as 90% over the last two decades. The good news is that you can help! In the United States, loss of milkweed habitat is a major factor in the decline of the monarchs. You can help by planting milkweed and nectar plants in your backyard. Learn more.

Ask Dr. Kim!

Do you have a question about butterflies?  Email your question to askbutterflies@dbg.org. Select question will be answered weekly by Dr. Kim Pegram, the Garden’s Insect Ecologist and Exhibits Specialist. Answers will be posted on our blog.