Monarch Butterfly Gardens

We are grateful to everyone who applied for a Monarch Butterfly Garden! We had an excitingly overwhelming response to this project, and while we are no longer accepting applicants, we will be rolling out 'Tips of the Week' and sample planting guides at the beginning of 2024.

Stay tuned for future opportunities!

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 collaborating with the selected program participants this winter 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 habitats 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.

We're excited to announce our 'Tip of the Week' video series, which will begin in January. Early next year, we will also release sample garden diagrams on this webpage, giving you an idea of how to create the perfect butterfly habitat on your own. To stay updated in real-time, please follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

Tip of the Week

Check back in January for our 'Tip of the Week' videos!

Sample Plots for Monarch Butterfly Gardens

Check back in early 2024 for examples of butterfly-friendly garden plots and maintenance recommendations!


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