Hi, my name is Lily and I would like to help monarch butterflies and other pollinators in our world to thrive and maintain strong, healthy populations. I was inspired to create these gardens after a month of studying Jane Goodall and her Educational Institute Roots and Shoots program. One of the projects mentioned is to create monarch gardens in your community to help keep our butterflies and other pollinators thriving. After much studying and observing butterflies in the butterfly groves on the central coast and studying and observing hummingbirds at the Santa Barbara Botanical gardens, it became clear this project was by far the one I was most passionate about.
Once I have collected enough native plants, I will be volunteering within the County of Santa Barbara to plant these native pollinator friendly plants in our local community spaces (with my local friends too). These are some native pollinator plants I am interested in collecting: Nectar Plants: Yarrow, California buckeye, coyote brush, ceanothus, buckwheats, golden yarrow, toyon, Californiaaster, coyote mints, goldenrods, woolly blue-curls, seaside daisy, California poppy, coffeeberry, California buttercup, currants and gooseberries, sages, blue-eyed grass, coreopsis, barberries, phacelias. Larval Food Plants: Ceanothus, monkey flowers, buckwheats, toyon, grasses, oaks, coffeeberry, snowberry, Chinese houses, bush sunflower, bladderpod, tree mallow, Californiaaster, lupines, penstemons, currants, and gooseberries. As well as other supplies that would be helpful to build butterfly and bird houses.