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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 at home, school or work.  

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 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 or Butterfly Weed which are plants with pretty red, yellow or white flowers. Butterflies need nectar from flowering plants, and they need host plants for the 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...
Native Milkweed
Passion Flower
Bahama Cassia 
  To Attract 7 types of butteflies!
Gulf Fritillary
Cloudless Sulfur
Orange-Barred Sulphur
Zebra Longwing

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

Useful Resources for Sustainable Landscaping and Butterfly Gardens 

Broward County’s Naturescape Program 

See the illustrated flyer “Native Host Plants and the Butterflies They Attract"  

• National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Habitat Certification

• Useful tips for design and maintenance contracts, property managers and HOAs can be found on the UFL/IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping website.

South Florida Water Management's landscaping website and the illustrated "Waterwise South Florida Landscapes" publication has great tips for design and maintenance for a water conserving landscape and a handy reference for native and Florida Friendly plants, trees, palms and shrubs.

Plant Finder ToolsResources to help you find the right plants 

• Need help selecting the right tree, shrub, or flowers? Check out this Plant Finder Tool  
• NEW!  Enter your zipcode on the Natives for Your Neighborhood website to get a list of recommended plants!
Have a gardening question or an ailing plant?  

You can email 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. Nearby 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 in Sunrise (9800 West Commercial Boulevard). For information, visit or call 954-475-5500.

The Broward Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association monthly meetings often feature wonderful guest speakers. For information, visit or email

NEED HELP? If you are interested in adding butterfly-friendly plants to the landscape at your school, workplace, or community and need assistance - or if you need information about getting certified - please email, or contact Broward County’s NatureScape program (954-519-0317;  

Last updated: 1/2/2019 11:17:40 AM