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Gardening for Butterflies: How You Can Attract and Protect Beautiful, Beneficial Insects

By The Xerces Society

Foreword by Robert Michael Pyle

Gardeners interested particularly in the ecological issues of pollinator conservation will want this book.

Library Journal

Welcome the world’s most exquisite visitors to your garden! Gardening for Butterflies, by the experts at the Xerces Society, introduces you to a variety of colorful garden guests who need our help, and shows you how to design a habitat where they will thrive. This optimistic call to arms is packed with everything you need to create a beautiful, beneficial, butterfly-filled garden. Gardeners will learn why butterflies matter, why they are in danger, and what simple steps we can take to make a difference. You'll learn how to choose the right plants, how to design a butterfly-friendly garden, and how to create a garden that flutters and flourishes with life.

Media reviews

"Celebrate Earth Day by taking cues from Gardening for Butterflies, which suggests the best blooms for attracting spring's prettiest winged creatures."

Martha Stewart Living

"Gardeners interested particularly in the ecological issues of pollinator conservation will want this book, which provides them with the rationale and tools for supporting and promoting pollinators."

Library Journal

"There are chapters on designing a butterfly garden, creating shelter, butterfly plants, installation and maintenance, observing and conserving, even tagging butterflies to help track migration. But the best part of this book might be the photographs of these incredible creatures."

Country Gardens

"This book, from a leading pollinator conservation organization, tells why we should care about helping butterflies and then names the plants and techniques that are most helpful to bringing them into your yard."


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The Xerces Society

Established in 1971 and named after the extinct Xerces blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche xerces), the Xerces Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of local citizens to implement conservation and education programs.

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