The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) has recognized that Gachina Landscape Management of Menlo Park, Calif. has successfully created an official Certified Monarch Garden at Del Monte Shopping Center in Monterey.
NABA celebrates the efforts of Gachina Landscape to create a garden space that creates a paradise for butterflies while encouraging habitat restoration by providing essential elements needed by monarchs – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places and food for the larvae.
The introduction of a butterflies’ habitat has several environmental benefits:
• Use of native plants – they are hardier and require less resources to survive.
• Chemical applications are avoided to protect larvae and adults.
• Birds and beneficial insects such as lady bugs and praying mantis are attracted to the same habitats.
• Most important, butterflies are the second most important pollinator, after bees.
The National Butterfly Center is dedicated to education, conservation and scientific research on wild butterflies. Formed in 1993, the North American Butterfly Association (NABA), a not-for-profit membership organization, is the major North American organization promoting conservation of butterflies and their habitat. NABA focuses its efforts on educating the public about the importance of butterflies and their habitats and on conserving butterflies, both to the benefit of humans and our environment.
“By creating this special area at the property, Gachina Landscape Management provides the public a unique customer experience” says Sustainability Manager Cristina Prevarin. “The Butterfly Garden provides an intriguing natural setting through the colorful appeal of plants, flowers, insects, birds and décor. This aesthetic draws shoppers and their families interest and increases their awareness of the environment and of the role that each one of us plays in preserving natural habitats.”
For more information on gardening for butterflies and details on how an entire community can become certified, visit http://nababutterfly.com/
. The mission of the NABA is to increase public enjoyment and conservation of butterflies: making butterflies important to a growing number of people and creating a constituency that works to conserve butterflies and their habitats.