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San Mateo Arboretum Gardening for Butterflies

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Gardening for butterflies with Susan Karasoff - how to grow an easy, native, and beautiful butterfly buffet

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Susan Karasoff gardens in San Francisco’s clay soil. Susan is the outreach chair for California Native Plant Society - Yerba Buena Chapter encompassing San Francisco and Northern San Mateo Counties. Susan builds resilient local ecosystems with an “only the easiest plants survive” approach to gardening. Susan grows a buffet of colorful native edible and pollinator plants. http://cnps-yerbabuena.org/biodiversity/biodiversity-resources/.

Butterflies and host plant relationships are available for California plants on the Calscape database https://www.calscape.org/ and for butterflies and plants across the United States on the National Wildlife Federation plant database https://www.nwf.org/NativePlantFinder. The bay area is home to many butterflies. Butterfly babies (caterpillars) evolved with and depend on eating local native plant leaves (host plants). We’ll discuss growing a butterfly buffet for baby and adult butterflies, including plants that thrive in containers.

Zoom reservations required. Link here: https://www.sanmateoarboretum.org/classes--events.html#aug

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The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals. Our goals are to increase understanding of California’s native flora and to preserve this rich natural heritage for future generations. The Yerba Buena Chapter encompasses San Francisco and northern San Mateo Counties and is named for the tiny fragrant mint Satureja douglasii found in this area.

Chapter Activities are as diverse as our membership and range from conservation and habitat restoration to native plant gardening and photography.

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