Monarch Butterfly Gardens

Thanks to generous funding from Monarch Joint Venture and U.S. Forest Service International Programs, EDI has engaged urban and exurban residents of San Diego in an effort to establish habitat that specifically support monarch butterflies. We identified 28 home garden sites and installed monarch butterfly gardens at each location. 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 continue to collaborate with the selected program participants to provide support in caring for their monarch habitat gardens. EDI will provide ongoing technical support to program participants, including site visits, through March 2025.

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.

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
Below are before and after photos of two monarch butterfly gardens we installed with participants of this program!








Tips of the Week

Below is our 'Tip of the Week' video series. Lyla, our Conservation Technician, provided weekly Tips of the Week to help you create and maintain your own monarch butterfly garden from January to June 2024.
Pruning during Dormancy
Monarch Migration
Suitable Yards for Milkweed
Native vs Tropical Milkweed
Managing Tropical Milkweed
Planting Native Milkweed
Nectar Plants
Growing Milkweed from Seed
Cutting Back Tropical Milkweed
Native Milkweed Varieties
Western Monarch Count
Identifying Monarchs
Irrigating Milkweed
Aphid Removal
Monarch Lifecycle
OE Parasite
Parasitism in Caterpillars
Identifying Insects on Milkweed
Up-pot Milkweed Seedlings
Fungal & Bacterial Diseases
Flowering & Seed Collection
End of Series

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