Monarch Butterfly Gardens

Thanks to generous funding from Monarch Joint Venture and U.S. Forest Service International Programs, EDI is now engaging urban and exurban residents of San Diego in an effort to establish habitats that specifically support monarch butterflies. We have identified 28 suitable home garden sites to establish these habitats. Priority was given to residents from underserved communities and different climactic zones throughout San Diego County. This project aims to support the recovery of the western monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), a species that has declined by more than 90% since the 1980s.
Our staff are currently collaborating with the selected program participants to install Monarch Habitat Gardens at each home garden site, coinciding with San Diego's rainy season for ideal planting conditions. EDI will continue to provide ongoing technical support to program participants, including site visits, through June 2024.

Monarch Butterfly Habitat Creation: Tips, Guides, & Updates

For anyone interested in creating and maintaining Monarch Butterfly habitat in your yard, we are here to assist and support you. Whether starting from scratch or enhancing your butterfly-friendly space, we can provide guidance and practical tips to help you achieve your goal.

Join us for a Facebook Live Q&A with Ida & Lyla, EDI's Conservation Director and Technician, on Tuesday, May 7th, from 6 PM to 7PM! We will have an open format Q&A and discuss the cultivation of a monarch butterfly garden and the conservation of the monarch species. We hope to see you there!

Sample Plots for Monarch Butterfly Gardens

To assist in planning and cultivating your very own monarch garden, we have created some sample gardens complete with maintenance advice. More to come through June 2024. Click the links below to preview the PDFs!

Small Monarch Garden
3 ft. x 3 ft.
Medium Monarch Garden
7 ft. x 7 ft.
Large Monarch Garden
10 ft. x 10 ft.
Balcony/Patio Monarch Garden
Planting in Pots
Balcony/Patio Monarch Garden
Planting in Planters

Tips of the Week

Follow along for our 'Tip of the Week' video series. Each week, we will post a video below with tips to help you create and maintain your own Monarch butterfly garden. To stay updated in real-time, please follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

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