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Butterfly gardening creates habitats that support butterflies, connecting us with some of the most beautiful creatures in the natural world and bringing new levels of excitement and joy to gardening. In this engaging and accessible guide, lavishly illustrated with more than two hundred colour photographs and maps, accomplished butterfly gardener Jane Hurwitz presents essential information on how to choose and cultivate plants that will attract a range of butterflies to your garden and help sustain all the stages of their life cycles.
An indispensable resource for aspiring and experienced butterfly gardeners alike, Butterfly Gardening: The North American Butterfly Association Guide is the most gardener-friendly source on the subject, covering all the practical details needed to create a vibrant garden habitat that fosters butterflies. It tells you which plants support which butterflies, depending on where you live; it describes what different butterflies require in the garden over the course of their lives; and it shows you how to become a butterfly watcher as well as a butterfly gardener.
While predominantly recommending regionally native plants, the book includes information on non-native plants. It also features informative interviews with experienced butterfly gardeners from across the United States. These gardeners share a wealth of information on plants and practices to draw butterflies to all kinds of gardens – from small suburban gardens to community plots and larger expanses.
Whether you are a gardener who wants to see more butterflies in your garden, a butterfly enthusiast who wants to bring that passion to the garden, or someone who simply wants to make their garden or yard friendlier to Monarchs or other butterflies, this is a must-have guide.
I The Basics of Butterfly Gardening 10
1 Getting Started 12
2 Butterfly Basics 32
3 Caterpillar Cuisine 68
4 Butterfly Banquet 112
II Butterfly Gardening by Region: NABA Members Suggest Butterfly Gardening Plants 152
5 Challenges of a Cool Climate: Pacific Northwest Butterfly Gardens 158
Butterflies Near Seattle 159
Butterflies Near Portland 162
Recommended Butterfly Plants for Pacific Northwest Gardens 165
6 Butterfly Gardening with Trees: Eastern Deciduous Forest 170
Butterflies Near New York City 170
Butterflies in Massachusetts 179
Recommended Butterfly Plants for Eastern Deciduous Forest Gardens 181
7 Prairie-Plant Inspired Butterfly Gardens: The Grasslands 188
Butterflies Near Chicago 188
Butterflies in Ohio 192
Recommended Butterfly Plants for Grassland Gardens 196
8 Planting with Purpose: The Central Monarch Flyway 204
Butterflies Near Houston 205
Recommended Butterfly Plants for Houston Area Gardens 211
Butterflies Near Kansas City 218
Recommended Butterfly Plants for Kansas City Area Gardens 225
9 Year-Round Opportunity: Butterfly Gardening in Florida 230
Butterflies in a Public Garden 230
Butterflies in a Small Garden 232
Recommended Butterfly Plants for Florida Gardens 237
10 Water-Saving Butterfly Gardens: The Western States 244
Butterflies Near Los Angeles 244
Recommended Butterfly Plants for California Gardens 247
Butterflies in Arizona 254
Recommended Butterfly Plants for Arid West Gardens 263
Plant Inventory 268
Butterfly Scientific and Common Names 272
About the North American Butterfly Association 275
Photo Credits 280
Jane Hurwitz is the editor of Butterfly Gardener magazine and the former director of the Butterfly Garden and Habitat Program for the North American Butterfly Association. She lives in northern New Jersey.
"This book stands alone. It gently guides you step-by-step on the path to creating an accomplished butterfly garden, and it makes you feel as though you have been welcomed into a group of butterfly-gardening friends. The presentation is clear and concise, the butterfly and plant charts are indispensable, and the photographs are incredible."
– Rick Mikula, president of Butterfly Rescue International
"This very useful book will appeal to virtually everyone interested in butterfly gardening or butterflies. Beginners and experts alike will enjoy the down-to-earth style. Neither too elementary nor too technical, the book presents new concepts that are easy to grasp and implement, and the illustrations are excellent."
– John V. Calhoun, Research Associate, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History