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Butterfly Hero logoJoin the National Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
and help Sunrise reach our goals!

1. Install Butterfly Friendly Plants
2. Certify your NWF Wildlife Habitat Garden
3. Enjoy the butterflies!


The City of Sunrise invites you to be Good and Green by conserving resources and practicing stewardship. A great way to do this is by adding butterfly-friendly plants to your landscape, or even your balcony!

There are more than 3,000 certified environmentally friendly landscapes throughout Broward County. Is yours? Be a butterfly hero and get certified with the National Wildlife Federation which is part of the national Million Pollinator Garden Challenge and you will also receive Broward County NatureScape recognition!

Naturescape recognizes landscapes certified by either the National Wildlife Federation or the Florida Yard Recognition program. For more information, call 954-519-0317 or visit Broward County's NatureScape Program.

Why are butterflies important? Butterflies are pollinators that are important to our ecosystem and to agriculture – did you know that the production of 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat depends on pollinators?

Butterfly and other pollinator populations are in decline and YOU can make a difference! For example, the monarch butterfly, whose populations have declined 90% over the last decade, need milkweed which is a plant with pretty red or yellow flowers. Butterflies need nectar from flowering plants, and they need host plants for the larvae (eggs), chrysalis (cocoon) and hungry caterpillars. Each type of butterfly likes certain plants. To help you get started, here are three plants that support seven butterflies!

Plant these 3 flowers...
Scarlet Milkweed
Passion Flower
Bahama Cassia 
  To Attract 7 types of butteflies!
Gulf Fritillary
Cloudless Sulfur
Monarch
Orange-Barred Sulphur
Queen
Zebra Longwing 
 

Please feel free to download, print, or share our Be A Butterfly Hero Flyer!

 

Have a gardening question or an ailing plant?

You can email MasterGardener@broward.org with your questions! It is helpful to include a photo and a pencil
next to the plant to provide indication of size. Prefer talking to someone? Bring your ailing plant (or a cutting)
to one of the six Master Gardener Service Centers located throughout the County. The days and hours of
service vary, so call the park of your choice to find out its schedule. The nearest locations are:

• C.B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines 954-357-5170
• Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill 954-357-5400
• Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation 954-357-5135

 

Attend a monthly gardening workshop!

Did you know there are monthly gardening workshops right here in Sunrise? Vet Gardens workshops are held by Master Gardeners who are local Veterans. These informative workshops provide lots of practical tips you will immediately put to use! The workshops are on the third Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. at the VA Clinic, 9800 W. Commercial Blvd., Sunrise, FL. For information, visit vetgardens.com or call 954-475-5500.
The Broward Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. nearby at Treetops Park. Their meetings often feature wonderful guest speakers. For information, visit browardbutterflies.org or email treetopspark@broward.org
NEED HELP? If you are interested in adding butterfly-friendly plants into the landscape at your school, work place, or community, or would like to request a speaker for your organization, or need more information about getting certified, contact Chelsea Albucher 954-888-6043, email calbucher@sunrisefl.gov or contact Broward County’s NatureScape program at 954-519-0317 or email naturescape@broward.org to help you get started!

 

Want to get more involved in greening Sunrise?

Want to volunteer? For information visit http://www.sunrisefl.gov/volunteercorps or call 954-888-6023. Be a Good and Green Ambassador and bring useful information to your neighbors, workplace or school. Students can receive service hours! Call 954-888-6023 or email calbucher@sunrisefl.gov

The City of Sunrise has a Sustainability Advisory Board that meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall. These meetings are open to the public, your input is welcome! For information, call 954-888-6023.

 

There are lots of resources on the internet. Here are some you might find particularly helpful:

• Broward County’s Naturescape Program http://www.broward.org/NaturalResources/NatureScape/
See the illustrated flyer “Native Host Plants and the Butterflies They Attract" http://tinyurl.com/z7l9gvn
• National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Habitat Certification http://nwf.org/certify
• Plant Finder Tool http://floridayards.org/fyplants/index.php
• Butterfly Gardening in Florida http://edis..ufl.edu/pdffiles/UW/UW05700.pdf
• Florida-Friendly Landscaping, especially the resources for community associations and property managers http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/
• South Florida Water Management Landscaping Webpage http://tinyurl.com/ljbs5vr and the illustrated Waterwise Landscapes publication at http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/publications/files/waterwise_landscapes.pdf

The City of Sunrise invites you to join us in conserving resources, supporting a sustainable economy and practicing stewardship. To find out how to get involved and demonstrate your commitment, please contact us: Call 954-888-6043 or email sustainability@sunrisefl.gov

Last updated: 10/12/2016 4:33:38 PM