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Educational Programs for Children & Adults

Butterflies Love Pizza! (A K-2 Program)

No, they don't love the kind of pizza that YOU like.
They love big, flat flower "pizzas" that are filled
with sweet nectar
.

butterfly on flat flower "pizza"

Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet...?

...And that they smell with their antennae?

Have you ever seen a butterfly egg under a magnifying glass?

Have you ever watched as a caterpillar sheds its skin?

Have you ever hand-fed a butterfly?

Have you ever "petted" a butterfly?

Invite us to your school to learn more about these facts--and lots of other cool stuff!

Optional event: Caterpillar races!

Optional project: A caterpillar to take home and grow into a butterfly.

Please contact us for more information.

And for adults...

Low Water! Color! Action!

You CAN have it all... (in your garden, anyway!)

You CAN have it all--lush color, low water, and lots of birds and butterflies--
all from the same plants! Plus, these are perennial plants that just get bigger and better with each passing year, increasing the "winged wildlife" entertainment in,
and general value of your garden.

Learn which plants these are--and how to best incorporate them into your existing yard or landscape.

This program is presented by Maureen Austin, executive director of CHIRP, who will share ideas,
photos, plant cuttings, seeds and more to help you jump-start your "backyard entertainment center".

She will also share several species of native butterflies, in all life-cycle stages (egg, caterpillar, chrysalisis and adult),
while relating the best way to attract them.

"In order to attract butterflies to your yard, it helps to THINK like a butterfly," she says.
Knowing what they want--and need--will help you entice them."

Maureen Austin successfully motivated her hometown community of Alpine, California
to become the First Community Habitat in the United States--so-certified by the National Wildlife Federation.
The project is known as "Sage & Songbirds."

She has received numerous awards for her work,
including the National Wildlife Federation's Annual Conservation Achievement Award in Education.

For more information on scheduling a program for your club or organization, please contact us.

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Southern California “Botanical Magnets” for Birds & Butterflies**

TREES
Albizia julibrissin - SILK TREE
Arbutus unedo - STRAWBERRY TREE
Callistemon - BOTTLEBRUSH
Cassia - SENNA, CASSIA
Chilopsis linearis - DESERT WILLOW
Citrus
Heteromeles arbutifolia - TOYON
Melaleuca - MELALEUCA
Salix - WILLOW


SHRUBS
Abutilon - FLOWERING MAPLE
Arctostaphylos - MANZANITA
Buddleia - BUTTERFLY BUSH
Caesalpinia gilliesii - DESERT BIRD OF PARADISE
Calliandra - FAIRY DUSTER
Callistemon - BOTTLEBRUSH
Cassia - SENNA, CASSIA
Ceanothus - CALIFORNIA LILAC
Chaenomeles - FLOWERING QUINCE
Cistus - ROCK ROSE
Cotoneaster
Duranta
Echium fastuosum - PRIDE OF MADEIRA
Feijoa sellowiana - PINEAPPLE GUAVA
Grevillea - GREVILLEA
Justicia - SHRIMP, CHUPAROSA
Lantana - LANTANA
Lavatera - TREE MALLOW
Leonotis leonurus - LION’S TAIL
Lobelia laxiflora - MEXICAN BUSH LOBELIA
Melaleuca - MELALEUCA
Plumbago auriculata - CAPE PLUMBAGO
Ribes - CURRANT, GOOSEBERRY
Rosmarinus officinalis - ROSEMARY
Salvia - SAGE
Vitex agnus castus - CHASTE TREE


PERENNIALS
Agastache
Aloe
Anigozanthos - KANGAROO PAW
Antirrhinum majus - SNAPDRAGON
Aquilegia - COLUMBINE
Asclepias - MILKWEED
Aster - esp. ASTER FRIKARTII
Buddleia - BUTTERFLY BUSH
Caryopteris - BLUE MIST, BLUEBEARD
Centranthus ruber - JUPITER’S BEARD
Coreopsis
Echinacea purpurea - PURPLE CONEFLOWER
Eriogonum - BUCKWHEAT
Foeniculum vulgare - FENNEL
Gaillardia - BLANKET FLOWER
Galvezia speciosa - ISLAND BUSH SNAPDRAGON
Gaura - GAURA
Heliotropium - HELIOTROPE
Kniphofia uvaria - RED HOT POKER
Lavandula - LAVENDER
Liatris - SPIKED GAYFEATHER
Lupinus - LUPINE
Mimulus - MONKEY FLOWER
Monarda didyma - BEE BALM
Penstemon - BEARD TONGUE
Pentas lanceolata - STARFLOWER
Perovskia atriplicifolia - RUSSIAN SAGE
Pyracantha - PYRACANTHA
Ratibida - MEXICAN HAT
Rudbeckia - BLACK EYED SUSAN
Salvia - SAGE
Scabiosa - PINCUSHION FLOWER
Tagetes - MARIGOLD
Teucrium - GERMANDER
Trachelium caeruleum
Tradescantia virginiana - SPIDERWORT
Tulbaghia violacea - SOCIETY GARLIC
Verbena bonariensis - BUTTERFLY VERBENA
Zauschneria - CALIFORNIA FUCHSIA


LOW BORDERS
Achillea - YARROW
Ajuga reptans - CARPET BUGLE
Allium schoenoprasum - CHIVES
Bidens
Heuchera - CORAL BELLS
Lantana - LANTANA
Nepeta faassenii - CATMINT
Thymus - THYME
Tropaeolum majus or minus - NASTURTIUM
Viola odorata - SWEET VIOLET


VINES
Campsis - TRUMPET VINE
Jasminium officinale - JASMINE
Lonicera - HONEYSUCKLE
Passiflora - PASSION VINE
Senecio confusus - MEXICAN FLAME VINE
Wisteria


ANNUALS/BIENNIALS
Alcea rosea - HOLLYHOCK
Coreopsis
Cosmos - COSMOS
Daucus carota - QUEEN ANNE’S LACE
Digitalis - FOXGLOVE
Helianthus - SUNFLOWER
Scabiosa - PINCUSHION FLOWER
Tithonia rotundifolia - MEXICAN SUNFLOWER
Tropaeolum majus or minus - NASTURTIUM
Zinnia


CATERPILLAR HOST PLANTS
Alcea rosea - HOLLYHOCK
Antirrhinum majus - SNAPDRAGON
Asclepias - MILKWEED
Cassia - SENNA, CASSIA
Citrus
Foeniculum vulgare - FENNEL
Galvezia speciosa - ISLAND BUSH SNAPDRAGON
Malva sylvestris - MALLOW
Passiflora - PASSION VINE
Plumbago auriculata - CAPE PLUMBAGO
Salix - WILLOW

**This list is by no means all-inclusive, but intended as a "starting point" of proven favorites.

Not all plants will grow with equal success in the diverse climate zones of Southern California. It is recommended that gardeners refer to their favorite reference resource for additional information on any of the listed items for growing details before investing in the plants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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