Growing a butterfly garden isn’t a novel idea — but Gardening for Butterflies, a new book by the Xerces Society, elevates the concept from whimsical to essential. With a focus on conserving endangered butterfly species, the book offers suggestions for native plants and gardening practices that could create a safe habitat for these spectacular winged creatures through all life stages.
The Xerces Society’s mission as a nonprofit is to protect and conserve invertebrates and their habitats, and they do so by partnering with scientists, policymakers, and land managers, as well as through publishing educational resources. The organization is currently researching and tracking the health and conservation efforts of about 60 “red listed” butterfly species — meaning the butterflies are endangered or threatened in North America. No matter the size or shape of your growing area, this butterfly garden book will help you create a friendly space for helpful pollinators.