Saving Monarch butterflies, one garden at a time

“Monarch butterflies have reached a critical point in their survival as a species. Loss of habitat throughout the US has increased dramatically in recent decades due to expanding urbanization and agriculture,” says Steve Plath.

On April 16, Carefree Desert Gardens welcomes Steve and Julie Plath, owners of Signature Botanica LLC. They will share how a carefully planted home garden can have a profound effect on this trend by providing a refuge and habitat for breeding Monarchs. Their nursery, in Morristown, Arizona, produces native plants for ecological restoration used throughout the state and provides milkweeds for Monarch Watch and Southwest Monarch Study.

Steve has been a revegetation specialist for 21 years working throughout the southwest. Julie has a BS degree in horticulture from University of Wisconsin and a MS in horticulture from the University of Minnesota.

The program, including a monarch-friendly plant sale, will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run approximately until noon in the Town Council Chambers located in the U.S. Post Office Building, 100 Easy Street, Carefree. A $5 (or more) donation is appreciated to support these programs. For information call 480-488-3686. Come early. Seating is limited.

This is the last of the 2016 Carefree Desert Gardens seminars.